Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Taste guide: Medium bodied, aromatics of dried herbs, berry, currant and cherry fruit flavours, softened tannins, oaked
75cl - 13% - screwcap
Villa Maria is consistently voted "New Zealand's Most Admired Wine Brand" due to its pioneering moves and its drive for sustainability - they also make very good wines!!
Their Cellar Selection range of wines are extremely food-friendly and made to share, making them the perfect accompaniment for dinner parties, or to be savoured at food and wine pairing evenings. The vineyards where Villa Maria source fruit for the Cellar Selection range have lower yields (number of grapes produced), which encourages more concentrated flavours and a richer style of wine.
The Pinot Noir fruit for this wine originated from a diverse range of vineyard sites in both the Awatere and Wairau Valleys in Marlborough. The climate in Marlborough has high sunshine hours but temperatures during the growing season are regulated by the cooling ocean influence. Fruit was harvested at night in cooler temperatures and then destemmed and transferred to open top stainless-steel tanks for 4-5 days of cold soaking to extract aromatics. A mixture of indigenous and cultured yeasts was used, with fermentation peaking at 32-34°c to extract the desired colour and tannins.
After fermentation, the wine spent 10 months in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques on full lees to add palate weight and texture. Only premium oak barrels are used to age-specific Cellar Selection wines.
The finished wine is bright garnet red in colour and has subtle aromatics of dried herbs such as thyme and rosemary intermingled with blackberries and blackcurrants. On the palate, a subtle toasty hint of oak nicely frames the firm but juicy fruit and fine velvety tannins.
The 2015 Vintage was awarded SILVER at the 2017 International Wine Challenge; SILVER in 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
The 2016 Vintage was awarded SILVER at the 2018 International Wine Challenge; SILVER in 2018Decanter World Wine Awards
The Winery advise that this wine will be at its best between 2-6 years from Vintage
This is Marlborough Pinot Noir at its best.
The identical wine has a regular selling price of £15.99 in Waitrose; in Sainsbury's £17 - at Binendwines it is just £8.95.