Villa Maria now holds significant vineyards of acreage in Gimblett Gravels – land, once unwanted, that we now can’t get enough of. This Reserve Chardonnay is taken from a selection of Villa Maria’s best holdings in the Hawke’s Bay subregion. It includes a healthy proportion of Keltern fruit, Villa Maria’s flagship single-vineyard white wine.
From nose to next glass, there is a very polite jockeying for position from the vineyard and the winery at play. Pristine, pale stonefruit and airy florals are prim and lively showing Reserve quality fruit from the vineyard selection. The good winery work is present with a touch of smoke from French oak barriques and a hint of biscuit from the time spent on lees. Texture, too, gives the freshness of this Reserve Chardonnay an extra dimension.