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An intriguing, refined and complex Chardonnay displaying stylish finesse. It is elegant,
with aromas of subtle citrus, predominantly lemon, and complex smoky notes
intermingling on the nose. The palate displays layers of citrus and subtle integrated
oak enhancing the tight structural finish.
"This Villa Maria Chardonnay starts off with toasted custardy richness on the nose, hints of vanilla and relatively restrained
fruit, then reveals its intensity on the palate, where flavors of vanilla, pineapple, citrus and smoke swirl together. Despite the richness, it’s tightly structured, with a long, textured yet bright finish. Drink now–2018."
"Balancing lusty richness with firm acidity, this shows a lot of oak influence in flavors of caramel and butterscotch. It’s bold and smoky, a white for seared scallops in cream."
Wine & Spirits
In 1960, George Fistonich, the son of a Croatian immigrant, founded Villa Maria in Mangere, Auckland. Voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year in 1993, George is today the managing director of the Villa Maria Group, which also includes Vidal and Esk Valley Wineries, together forming the third largest wine company in New Zealand.
Winemaker Michelle Richardson has been with...Read More About Villa Maria
A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces...Read More About Other New Zealand
White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...Read More About Chardonnay
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