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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris

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More Gris goodness from the cellars of Villa Maria, New Zealand’s most prolific and awarded winery. This shows the level of care that goes into the fruit selection for the cellar range with Gris grapes sourced exclusively from the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. Typically varietal with pear and spice leading to an expansive palate that’s lifted with apple, almond and cinnamon. It’s fleshy and fruity with excellent balance and persistence. It would go well with a fresh pasta with blue swimmer crab, chilli, and lots of olive oil and herbs.

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WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Crisp, lemony, slightly spicy and nutty wine, grown mostly in the Awatere Valley and partly barrel-fermented. Aromatic, medium-bodied style, very fresh and lively.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The gold label is pretty much in step with the ripe, golden stone fruits inside this well-balanced, flavoursome pinot gris, showing a little layer of honeysuckle on the nose, some ripe pear and peach. The palate's supple and even: it's really bright, with smooth and balanced pear and sweet ripe melon through the finish.
The Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Some handy lees influence here adds shades of complexity to melon, pear and peach fruits on the nose. The palate carries real weight and depth; this is at the riper end of the spectrum so will handle a good chill. Pears and apples from start to finish, hints of peach to dose
The Good Wine Guide 2011
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Grown in the Awatere Valley, a full-bodied, dryish wine with strong pear, lychee and spice flavours that linger well. Fresh, with excellent depth, texture and harmony, it should unfold well.
Winestate 2009
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Grown in Marlborough's Awatere Valley, the 2004 vintage was the best value Pinot Gris on the market during 2005. The fruit was hand-picked in the Seddon and Taylors Pass vineyards and whole-bunch pressed, and the wine was lees-aged in tanks for two months, with occasional stirring. Scented and lush, with a sliver of sweetness (8 grams/litre of residual sugar) and weighty, finely textured, slightly oily palate, it has excellent mouthfeel and a lovely spread of pear, apricot and spice flavours showing great delicacy, richness and harmony. Tasted prior to bottling (and so not rated), the 2005 is weighty and rounded, with intensely varietal flavours, fresh, lemony and spicy.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Crown in Marlborough's Awatere Valley, the 2003 vintage is an Alsace-style wine with fresh pear and spice aromas, showing good intensity. Weighty and finely textured, it has well-rounded peach and pear flavours that build across the palate to a slightly sweet, lasting finish. The 2004 (tasted prior to bottling, and so not rated), has mouthfilling body, clearcut lychee, pear and spice varietal characters, and a slightly sweet (8 grams/litre of residual sugar), rounded, lingering finish.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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