Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay (2020)

Described by Villa Maria as a 'mineral-driven' style, this wine is estate-grown in Taylors Pass Vineyard, in Marlborough's Awatere Valley. Hand-harvested, it is fermented and lees-aged for over a year in French oak barriques and puncheons (18 per cent new in 2020.) The 2020 vintage (5*) is a bright, light yellow/green, mouthfilling wine, with concentrated, ripe, peachy, citrusy flavours, gently seasoned with biscuity oak. A complex wine with fresh acidity and a very harmonious, slightly creamy finish, it should break into full stride 2023+.

Details

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

This wine is a Classic.

When to drink: 2023

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 25
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 25
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 22
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 22
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 22
Vintage: 2013; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: P – P
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed July 2022

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