FIVE STARS 97/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
96 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS "I am confident you will be as excited by this expression as I have been"
96 POINTS | Rebecca Gibb MW
FIVE STARS 95/100 | Bob Campbell MW
95 POINTS | James Suckling
92 POINTS | Decanter World Wine Awards 2023
World class Chardonnay with finesse and fine complexity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has intense and deep flavours of white peaches and stonefruits harmoniously melded with a layering of nutty oak and mouthfilling gunflinty complexities.
The winery writes "Displaying a brilliant straw and lime-tinted hue in the glass, the nose offers a fragrant and complex
medley of ripe melon, citrus blossom and nougat, complemented by underlying notes of grilled nuts. The palate is generous and mouthfilling initially then the long line of concentration and natural acidity leads to a sustained and powerful finish. This wine will develop further complexity, mineral and toast like characters with careful cellaring."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Another excellent example from the Villa Maria portfolio - a complex and focussed bouquet with aromas of fresh grapefruit and gun-flint mineral, fresh white peach and apple then lemon. Barrel spice and new wood aromas are almost as powerful as the fruit and youthful power in the bouquet. Taut, youthful, salivating, mineral, fruity and with some very fine oak present on the palate. As these flavours continue to unfold on the palate the acidity and new wood characters along with some fine tannins layer in structure and intensity. Fabulous wine and tasted over three days, I am confident you will be as excited by this expression as I have been. Best from late 2022 through 2029+."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "Immensely complex and captivating, this magnificent rendition shows nectarine, fig, lemon peel and cedar characters on the nose with nuances of brioche and flint. The concentrated palate exhibits awesome depth and richness, while firmly structured by perfectly pitched acidity. Symphonic and engaging with an astonishing future ahead.