Villa Maria Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 Review

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Villa Maria Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
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September 2, 2015, 10:31 am
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Award-winning New Zealand wine

If you’re the kind of person who likes to spend a few dollars on a memorable tipple, Villa Maria’s award-winning Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 is a great start.

The beginnings of pinot noir

Originally from France, the much-revered pinot noir grape finds perfect growing conditions in New Zealand – and in particular the famous wine-growing region of Marlborough. Intense, elegant and fruit-driven in style, pinot noir is an extremely food-friendly wine which exhibits an array of vibrant flavours like red fruit, plum, cherry, currant, often with notes of clove and spice, depending on the vineyard the grapes are sourced from.

Taste

So what makes Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 so good? Crafted using a minimalist approach, the resulting wine is a captivating, rich and complex pinot noir displaying both purity and finesse. 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.

This is not a wine that needs drinking immediately. Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 will store up to 10 years with careful cellaring.

Smell

The seductive perfume aromas of ripe red fruits, violets and gentle spice are hallmark characters of classic Marlborough pinot noir.

Reputation

Villa Maria has long been known as one of New Zealand’s most iconic wine producers. In this particular drop, ‘single vineyard’ proves the authenticity of each grape that’s squeezed into every bottle. Sourced from the Rutherford Vineyard in the Southern Clays, nestled in Marlborough’s gentle north-facing foothills, the fruit is hand-harvested in the cool of the morning to ensure the fruit is picked and delivered to the winery in pristine condition.

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 is no exception when it comes to a vibrant and dramatic red. Recently awarded the Reserve Wine of the Show trophy and the Champion Pinot Noir awards at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014, Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 has established itself as a favourite among both wine connoisseurs and budding wine drinkers.

And the Air New Zealand Wine Awards know what they’re talking about when it comes to award-winning wines. Having run for more than 30 years now, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards showcases thousands of locally-produced wines from the best vineyard regions and artisan vineyards all over New Zealand. Each wine is extensively tested and tasted by local and international experts. To take away a win at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards is a massive achievement and a prestigious mark of quality.

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