Vidal 2015 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, Merlot Cabernet and Syrah

Vidal is one of the independent brands of the Villa Maria Estates group. While sharing much of the same resources in fruit sources, winemaking, elevage and to a degree, the marketing, as its sister labels of Esk Valley, Te Awa, Thornbury and Villa Maria itself, it has its own identity and style, as do the other brands, which is in part due to the direction set, and winemaking and blending choices made by the winemaker, Hugh Crichton at Vidal. Hugh reminded me of the strength of the 2015 vintage in Hawke’s Bay, and how the fruit from the top vineyards go into the Vidal ‘Reserve’ wines, "the ‘Legacy’ wines are solely from vintages that are truly extraordinary”. The ‘Reserve’ wines are thus deemed the premium wines, with the ‘Estate’ bottlings as the accessible range. Here, I review the new release 2015 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, Merlot/Cabernet and Syrah. They are all beautifully bright fruited and impeccably balanced.


  • Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
  • Vidal ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Vidal ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

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