Villa Maria Single Vineyard McDiarmid Hill Barrique Fermented Chardonnay (2020)

The 2020 vintage (5*) is one of the region’s greatest-ever Chardonnays. An arresting wine, it was hand-picked from mature vines grown on a north-facing hill in Gisborne, and fermented and matured in French oak barriques. Fragrant, with a slightly smoky bouquet, it is powerful, with bottomless depth of ripe, peachy, spicy, complex flavours, finely balanced acidity and a rich, savoury, resounding finish. Best drinking mid-2023+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $50 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

When to drink: 2023

Reviewed June 2022

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