Wine Spectator 88 points - There’s a velvety quality to the texture, with hearty cherry, fig paste and toasted spice notes. Shows good persistence and focus. Drink now through 2020. 400 cases imported.
(Jun 15 2012)
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Wine maker notes
The fruit for this wine represents a unique selection of vineyards, clones and viticultural techniques from both the Awatere and Southern valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards selected are managed with an unrelenting focus on vine health and balance. Extensive canopy management is carried out to ensure this ‘balance’ is achieved.
From a one-man band to a global brand in just 50 years
In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines. He harvested his first grapes in 1962 and made his first wine under the name Villa Maria.
Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. He made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly.
Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.