NEW! Villa Maria Platinum selection Tasted

Villa Maria Platinum Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2018 Marlborough

Softer more complex bouquet of Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of ripe yellow fruits, sweet red apple, a white flower moment and gentle aged on lees derived apple pie suggestion. Tasty, textured, crisp and just dry on the palate. Flavours of lemon and grapefruit emerge alongside some red apple, peach and dried pineapple. Plenty of acidity, some spice and generous weight equal a very desirable flavour and texture profile. Totally drinkable today and through 2022.

92 Points

Villa Maria Platinum Selection Pinot Gris Sur Lie 2018 Marlborough

Creamy, soft and gentle bouquet of Gris with aromas of fresh and poached pear, some apple and white peach. A touch of spice adds depth and complexity. There’s no mistaking the full, rich and spicy layers on the palate. Lush and just dry, warm and generous - dare I say it - quite Alsace like in flavour, richness and and texture. Lovely lengthy finish, persistent and flavoursome Drink now and through 2021.

92 Points

Villa Maria Platinum Selection Chardonnay Sur Lie 2017 Hawkes Bay

rather nice bouquet of Chardonnay with scents of vanilla and wood spice, ripe apple and yellow stone fruits, baked cashew and baking spice. Dry, nutty, spicy and fruity on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose, medium+ body with silky almost creamy texture. Plenty of acidity and freshness. A charming and immediately enjoyable example. Drink now and through 2022.

90 Points

Villa Maria Platinum Selection Organic Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 Marlborough

Fresh, plush and fruity bouquet with aromas of red apple and strawberry, whispers of peach and red plum, some light red cherry. A suggestion of clay pot earthiness adds depth and intrigue. Dry on the palate with a core of fruitiness, a little spice and warmth then red fruit flavours, very fine fruit tannins and balanced finish. Nice wine and worthy of your attention. Drink now and through 2020.

89 Points

Villa Maria Platinum Selection Organic Pinot Noir 2017 Marlborough

Ripe light red fruit aromas deliver freshness, ripeness and power on the nose. Suggestions of raspberry and red currant, cherry and red apple. Some gentle wood spices emerge as the wine relaxes in glass - with a moderate toasty signature . Dry on the palate with plenty of fruit at the core. The youthful fresh and vibrant side of the wine shows with vibrant yet fine tannins, some toasty wood and brown spice moments, gently warming alcohol and fruit-led finish. Balanced and well made. Lots to like and enjoy. Drink now and through 2024.

92 Points

Cameron Douglas