McDiarmid Hill is Villa Maria's jewel in the crown Gisborne vineyard, beautifully positioned on an elevated north facing hillside slope in Patutahi. Capturing the qualities of a spectacular vineyard, McDiarmid Hill Gisborne Chardonnay offers a medley of tropical fruit aromas, fig and smoky grilled nut.
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This spectacular Chardonnay offers a medley of tropical fruit aromas, fig and smoky grilled nut. The palate is seamlessly textured, leading to a finish extended by fine acidity. This concentrated wine retains a balance that will appeal for immediate enjoyment but will ultimately benefit from maturation, developing intriguing complexity over the next 5-8 years.
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Vineyards and Winemaking
McDiarmid Hill is Villa Maria's jewel in the crown Gisborne vineyard, beautifully positioned on an elevated north facing hillside slope in Patutahi. Taking full advantage of sunlight, drying wind conditions, slightly cooler temperatures and natural water drainage, the additional elevation provides a wonderful advantage for producing this consistently outstanding wine. Small parcels of mature dry farmed Mendoza vines provide for blending options, ideal for building complexity in the final wine.
Soils And Viticulture
The 2020 McDiarmid Hill harvest was highly regarded and followed a warm and incredibly dry summer that persisted long after the last grapes were picked. Having benefited from cooler evening temperatures in the lead up to harvest which intensified flavour and acidity, harvest of these naturally low yielding vines commenced earlier than normal in March with beautifully clean fruit, paving the way for our Winemakers to capture a sensational vintage.
Gorgeously fruited and beautifully fragrant, showing apricot, grapefruit, vanilla and roasted hazelnut aromas on the nose, leading to a finely expressed and impressively concentrated palate offering layers of silken texture and delicious flavours. Beautifully poised and persistent. 96 PointsSam Kim Wine Orbit