"At 10 years of age, this Chardonnay displays complex aromas of white stone fruit, flowers, toast and hazelnut. Intricate barrel fermentation influences meld with stone fruit and acidity on the palate, leading to a seamless, long and stylish finish. It ranks as one of the finest Chardonnay’s to have been produced by Villa Maria to date." - Chief Winemaker Nick Picone.
Please note this wine comes in a magnum format (1.5L).
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The 2010 vintage was one of the greatest yet for Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Ultra-low vine yields combined with a cool and dry season, intensifying fruit flavours and producing stunning wines with amazing flavour and natural acidity. This unique wine is the result of a tight selection of the finest barriques from our Kelternand Ngakirikirivineyards. At 10 years of age, it displays complex aromas of white stone fruit, flowers, toast and hazelnut. Intricate barrel fermentation influences meld with stone fruit and acidity on the palate, leading to a seamless, long and stylish finish. This wine ranks highly amongst the finest Chardonnay’s to have been produced by Villa Maria to date.
Download full tasting note: 2010
Vineyards and Winemaking
Vineyards: 75% Keltern, 25% Ngakirikiri
Vineyard Yield: 1.6-2.1kg/vine or 3.8-4.9T/Ha
Clonal Selection: 75% cl95, 25% cl15
Whole Bunch: 100%
Fermentation: 88% wild indigenous yeast, 12 % inoculated
Ferm. Vessel: 100% barrique fermented
New Barrel: 38% new with the balance to 1 and 2 year old
Barrel Type: 100% French, 3-year seasoned, fine grain M+ 228L
Maturation:10 months in barrique
Battonage: From post ferment once weekly for 12 weeks
Filtration: Sterile bell house filtration, one pass only
Bottled: 24th March 2011
Soils And Viticulture
Located east of the Maraekakaho region in Hawkes Bay in the direct path of cool air currents flowing from a mountain range to the west, the KelternVineyard is an inland site, buffered by the Ngaruroro River. Established on an ancient riverbed, the vineyard has silt loams layered over red metals, including large free-draining gravel stones. With an outstanding track record of awards and accolades, the KelternVineyard has truly established itself as one of New Zealand’s premier sites for Chardonnay. Villa Maria’s Ngakirikirivineyard is planted in the Gimblett Gravels and ripens wonderfully flavoured Chardonnay fruit with hallmark minerality, promoted by the stony soils. In 2010 both sites had spur pruned vines ranging between 11-14 years of age.
Fabulous bouquet of Chardonnay with a bold flinty/mineral/sulphide attack then aromas of white peach, grapefruit and red apple; the oak is still showing muscle; overall and exciting nose. On the palate a lovely wine showing youth and integration, concentration and length; medium+ acidity, oak, fine tannins, stone-fruit and citrus. What a lovely wine. 97 points.Cameron Douglas MS