Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection (2012)

One of New Zealand’s top sweet wines on the show circuit. It is typically stunningly perfumed, weighty and oily, with intense, very sweet honey/citrus flavours and a lush, long finish. The grapes are grown mainly in the Fletcher Vineyard, in the centre of Marlborough’s Wairau Plains, where trees create a ‘humidity crib’ around the vines and sprinklers along the vines’ fruit zone create ideal conditions for the spread of noble rot. The 2012 vintage (5*) is a classy, vibrantly fruity, gently honeyed wine, hand-harvested in several passes through the Fletcher Vineyard. Concentrated, with fresh, citrusy, peachy flavours and a long, sweet (198 grams/litre of residual sugar), slightly spicy finish, it shows lovely richness, flow and length.

Details

Type: Sweet White Wines
Variety: Sweet White Wines
Vintage: 2012
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $36 NZD
Sweetness: SW
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2014

This wine is a Super Classic.

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