White Wine

Villa Maria Chardonnay 2012

Anthony Basker
Written by Anthony Basker
We were recommended trying this bottle by a lovely couple inside Majestic wines as it was on offer for £9.74 and it opened our eyes to a wine maker that we had not tried before.

Grown in one of New Zealand’s warmest winemaking regions, Gisborne, the first wine region in the world to see the new day. Apricot-flavoured Viognier and classy, citrussy Chardonnay with juicy exotic fruitiness and creamy texture, which makes this perfect with spicy Thai dishes.

Chardonnay is one of the great white grape varieties, hailing from Burgundy in France and responsible for many of the most famous and expensive wines in the world. It is the grape variety behind Chablis, Meursault and Montrachet. It can be made in a number of styles from the pure unoaked styles to the oak-aged styles.

Villa Maria has gone from a one man band to a staff of 250 in just over 50 years. George Fistonich has spent five decades at the forefront of New Zealand’s wine industry that he helped develop. As an icon of the New Zealand wine industry, Villa Maria are known for bold and industry-changing moves such as moving to 100% screwcap through to the emphasis on sustainable practices in every area of the family owned company.

This Villa Maria Chardonnay 2012 takes both free-run and lightly pressed juice and uses a mixture of natural and controlled fermentation, creating a mixture of primary and secondary fruit characters from different length fermentations. The wine then spends 10 months in barrel on its lees.

It’s Dry and freshly acidic, but with soft and lifted tropical notes on nose and palate, combined seamlessly with delicate oak spiciness. Very clean and refreshing, with plenty of crisp flavour on the finish.

It’s Excellent on its own. Will also pair well with seafood and all white meats.

Colour: White
Closure: Screw Cap
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Grape: Chardonnay
Country: New Zealand

Dry Scale: Very Dry

You can buy this wine from Majestic Wines here. https://www.majestic.co.uk/Villa-Maria-Cellar-Selection-Chardonnay-zid37275

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Anthony Basker

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