Fermented using a natural 'Pied de Cuve' started in the vineyard, this Chardonnay reveals a fragrant nose of ripe stone fruit and citrus blossom with subtle notes of baking spice provided by fermentation in French Oak. The wine is matured ‘sur lie’ (on yeast lees) adding further richness and texture prior to bottling.
Our key focus is to be environmentally responsible and to operate using sustainable practices in order to protect the land for future generations. Villa Maria has farmed Chardonnay organically since 2002, gaining Biogro certification in 2009. This vineyards are vibrant gardens alive with wildflowers and full of life.
The 2021 Hawkes Bay vintage followed on from a warm and dry Summer. Harvest commenced earlier than normal in mid-February leading to Chardonnay being picked with full flavour and vibrant acidity.
The fruit was gently pressed and the juice inoculated with a natural 'Pied de Cuve' started in the organic vineyard prior to being transferred to oak barrels (10% new) for fermentation. 9 months maturation with periodic battonage on full yeast lees followed prior to bottling.
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