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VillaMaria CellarSelection Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Cellar Selection

Marlborough Chardonnay

Displaying a tight, youthful bouquet of citrus lemon and stone fruit, with hints of lime, cashew and complex oatmeal notes. The palate has richness and texture in balance with a gentle acid. The wine shows its Marlborough origin with lovely refinement, balance and length


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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Cellar Selection Marlborough Chardonnay has subtle aromas of butterscotch, roasted almonds and fresh peaches. On the palate, fresh citrus flavours such as grapefruit and lemon are balanced with savoury baking spices and a hint of toasty oak on the finish.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

The climate in Marlborough has high sunshine hours but temperatures during the growing season are regulated by the cooling ocean influence. Colder weather in spring led to a longer than usual flowering season, resulting in looser smaller bunches. Summer temperatures were unusually mild for Marlborough, cool easterly breezes and light cloud cover were common features of the season. The 2017 blend is a combination of Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley vineyards, on a mixture of clay, silt and stony soils.

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