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Food & Wine November 28, 2017

Premium Vintages

The Wine Rack

With 80% of all wine sales channelled through supermarkets it’s little wonder the shelves are crammed with every varietal imaginable. But for wine lovers looking for something special, as there is only a limited selection of premium vintages available at supermarkets, it’s left to the wine shops, cellar doors and the internet to meet demand.

While there are more than 550 wineries in New Zealand, only a handful produce a range of seriously good cellar selection wines. One of these wineries is Villa Maria, who are masterly at producing award-winning wines.


Here are three of the best from their cellar door:

Villa Maria ’13 Ngakirikiri cabernet sauvignon RRP $150. This is no ordinary cabernet sauvignon. A full-bodied classic red wine with intense fruit flavours on the palate that is well-balanced and structured giving a long, round finish. Will cellar long and well.

Anthony Joseph Vidal 1888 ’14 chardonnay RRP $120. Big and bold in style, this beautifully composed example with all its vibrancy and flavour sings all the right tunes. Packed with complexity and freshness making this one of the most acclaimed and must-have chardonnay wines.

Villa Maria ’14 Anniversary Release syrah RRP $115. Produced from low-yielding, vines this clear-headed and most satisfying wine captures all the richness, depth and intensity expected of a syrah. This is Gimblett Gravels at its very best. Will cellar for 10-15 years.

Words: Dennis Knill

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