After securing an impressive six gold’s at this year’s Hawkes Bay A&P wine awards, Villa Maria continues its run of success by collecting three trophies and Wine of Show at the country’s largest regional wine competition, held last night at the beautiful Waikoko Gardens in Hastings.
Among a superb line-up of finalists, Ollie Powrie, Villa Maria’s company viticulturist, proudly accepted the Chardonnay, Rose and Viognier trophies and couldn’t be more thrilled at the awards received. However, the real winner was being awarded the Champion Wine of Show for our Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay.
This is the third time our Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay has picked up Champion Wine of Show at the Hawkes Bay A&P wine awards. Based on it’s astonishing track record of success, Keltern has firmly cemented itself as one of New Zealand’s very finest Chardonnay’s, something Mr McDonald, the Chairman of judges, put down to a distinct combination of quality and character, which has become synonymous with the vineyard.
"It has moved away from the kind of chardonnay that made Hawke's Bay famous 15 years ago; it has all those characters, but it's driving the style forward in terms of finesse, also precision and layers of complexity."
The evening, hosted by Jeremy Corbett, is the oldest regional wine competition in New Zealand and celebrates excellence in wine making in the Hawke’s Bay region. Viticulture has undoubtedly had a huge impact on Hawkes Bay and these awards really epitomise the contribution viticulture has to the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of the area.
Champion Wine of Show
Trophy Winning wines
Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2013
VM Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rose 2014
VM Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Viognier 2014
Gold Winning wines
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2012
Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2013
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Viognier 2014
Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Organic Gewurztraminer 2014
Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé 2014