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Sir George Fistonich, Founder and President, standing holding a glass of red wine, in front of a Villa Maria winery sign outside the winery

Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay 2018

  • 75cl bottle

This is a mineral-driven style of Chardonnay, showcasing complex aromas of brioche, gun-smoke and ripe lemon rind that are distinctive from the stony Taylors Pass Vineyard. This elegant Chardonnay expresses flavours of grapefruit, fig, quince and roasted almonds with a restrained and focused acidity on the finish.


The Taylors Pass Vineyard is located on the Awatere River in Marlborough, predominantly dry and influenced by cool coastal breezes and winds from Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku. Soils range from silt over gravels, to stony gravels, with large greywacke river stones that reflect heat to assist with even fruit ripening. The vines were planted in 1999 mostly on free draining stony soils experiencing high sunshine hours regulated by the cooling ocean influence, elongating ripening.


The 2018 growing season started with an excellent spring and a strong flowering period which was followed by a long spell of hot weather with regular rainfall events through the summer months. With ample soil moisture, our harvest started earlier than the previous two vintages, luckily the cooler autumn weather helped retain natural acidities as the season progressed.


100% barrel fermented, 49% wild fermentation. Matured for 11 months on lees.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Mature Strong Cheeses
Pan fried Papuku cheeks in lemon and butter marinade or sautéed scallops