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Villa Maria ‘Seddon’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

03 January,2019

When I saw George Fistonich and his Villa Maria winemaking team visiting Martinborough in the late 1980s, I had an inkling that Pinot Noir was going to be the company’s next focus, having successfully worked with the Bordeaux red varietals in Hawke’s Bay. With the 1990 vintage, Villa Maria released its first ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir, from Marlborough fruit, and they hit the ground running, the wine winning a number of major awards. Villa Maria’s progress with Pinot Noir has continued unabated, and there are now a number of single vineyard wines, representing different sub-regions of Marlborough and expressing their terroirs. The ‘Seddon’ vineyard is on the sheltered southern bank of the Awatere River, over two terraces, and is regarded as a warm site. The ‘Southern Clays’ vineyard has fruit from the ‘Rutherford’ vineyard in the clay-influenced Southern Valleys. ‘The Attorney’ is an organic vineyard in the Southern Valleys, a north-facing block that regularly produces small berries with thick skins. And the ‘Taylors Pass’ vineyard is situated on the north bank of the Awatere River with silty loam soils over gravels. Here, I review the 2013 Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Seddon’ Pinot Noir, showing subtle benefits of bottle-age. www.villamaria.co.nz


Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Seddon’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Moderately dark ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on the edge. The bouquet is elegantly and finely expressed with a taut core of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with nutty oak and hints of spice, unfolding a little liquorice, and some savoury, secondary dried herb and earthy suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and sweet core of ripe, dark-red cherry and berry fruit with soft blackberry notes melded with a little savoury secondary dried herb and earthy complexities, unfolding a little spicy, nutty oak. The fruit sweetness blossoms and the palate is supported by fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction and fine textural grip, with a thread of fresh lacy acidity providing energy and tension. The sweet fruit flavours carry to a long, lingering finish. A little shy on bouquet, this is a sweetly rich dark-red and black-fruited Pinot Noir with emerging secondary complexities on a very fine-textured palate. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit, a mix of clones, from the ‘Seddon’ vineyard, destemmed and fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 19.0-/20 Dec 2018 RRP $54.99

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