Villa Maria – Keltern Chardonnay
The Keltern Single Vineyard Chardonnay, first released in 2002, 2019 is the second release under the classy new label. The flagship Chardonnay of Villa Maria, from selected parcels of low yielding quality fruit.
2019 vintage was highly anticipated, an exceptional vintage with warm & dry conditions, paved the way of the harvest to be picked in pristine condition under blue skies.
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Villa Maria Keltern Chardonnay 2019, Hawke’s BayChardonnay from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 28-Jul-2020Bright, light yellow with some depth, youthful, even colour throughout. The nose is graceful with power, aromas of stonefruit and burnt vanilla custard; entwined with buttered toast, almonds, prickly oak spices and dusty mineral. The aromas are poise with good concentration. Medium-bodied, lemon curd, lemon sherbet and stonefruit; along with ginger, nutmeg spices, subtle nuts, toasty oak detail. The acidity is lacy and seamless with great tension, flows smoothly along. The texture is ethereal; smooth and silken across the palate, with a fine layer of dusty phenolic, enlivened by the spices and citrus pith on the back palate. Taut acid cut carries the wine to a very long, sustained finish. This is a finely-crafted Chardonnay with immaculate detail and acid tension and balance. Ready to drink now with a long time ahead, one to savour. Match with crayfish and turkey stuffing over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from Keltern vineyard, 85% Clone 15, 15% Clone 548. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed. Fermented with wild yeast to 14% alc. Aged 11 months on lees in French oak barriques, 40% new. No MLF. 19+/20 pts July 2020 RRP $79.99