Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay

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Displaying a tight, youthful bouquet of citrus lemon and stone fruit, with hints of lime, cashew and complex oatmeal notes. The palate has richness and texture in balance with a gentle acid. The wine shows its Marlborough origin with lovely refinement, balance and length.



The 2014 Cellar Selection Marlborough Chardonnay has complex aromas of toasted almonds, oat meal and ripe peaches. On the palate
are ripe citrus flavours balanced with savoury cardamom spices, rich biscuit texture and a fresh mineral wet stone finish.

A perfect match with salmon.

The climate in Marlborough has high sunshine hours, but temperatures during the growing season are regulated by the cooling ocean influence. In 2014, all Chardonnay grapes were harvested in March in dry autumn conditions.

FRUIT HANDLING: A mixture of hand harvested whole bunch pressed fruit as well as selective machine harvested fruit whole berry pressed without crushing. The resulting unrefined cloudy juice is transferred to barriques for fermentation.

FERMENTATION: 100% barrel fermentation utilizing cultured and indigenous yeast strains, followed by 100% malolactic fermentation.
The final blend has 10% new french oak, 90% seasoned french oak, spending a total of 8 months in oak.

VINEYARD: The final Marlborough wine is from a selection of Wairau and Awatere vineyards on clay, silt, and stony sites.

VARIETIES:100% Chardonnay, clones 95, 15, mendoza.
pH: 3.41 TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.4 gL
ALCOHOL: 13.5%


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