Villa Maria Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2012


5 Stars - Bob Campbell!


"a compelling wine... Quality." - Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review

New Zealand, Marlborough
750mL
#Red  #Pinot Noir  #New Zealand  #Marlborough  #Villa Maria  

Details

When Sir George Fistonich began winegrowing in 1961, there were no vineyards in Marlborough. From the Ben Morven Valley, this is a sexy pinot with a dense bouquet of black plum and walnut shells. It’s bold enough to accompany a beef bourguignon. 

- Qantas Epiqure


A captivating, rich and complex Pinot Noir displaying both purity and finesse. The seductive perfume aromas of ripe red fruits, violets and gentle spice are hallmark characters of classic Marlborough Pinot Noir... The fruit is sourced from the Rutherford Vineyard that is situated in the Southern Clays, nestled in the gentle north facing foothills of the Ben Morven Valley in Marlborough...Crafted using a minimalist approach, the wine is a captivating, rich and complex Pinot Noir displaying both purity and finesse. The seductive perfume aromas of ripe red fruits, violets and gentle spice are hallmark characters of classic Marlborough Pinot Noir. The palate is characterised by layers of dense red and black fruits intertwined with subtle tannins and integrated oak forming a long, balanced and silky, yet powerful, finish.

- Villa Maria

 


This is at its peak drinking window for mine, there’s a proper concentration to mark a quality wine. Cherry fruit, black earth, grippy tannins, the fruit is on the way out, the leafy autumn on the way in. Still, the tannins, the length – it’s a compelling wine. A bold Pinot, even, that at first glance you wouldn’t pick as necessarily Marlborough. Quality. 


Andrew Graham, OzWineReviews, January 2018, 92 Points!