Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 305,145 strong:

Register Today!

Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Chardonnay 2015

Thanks for liking this wine! Let your friends on Twitter and Facebook know about it by clicking on the buttons here.

If you've already connected your Twitter account, then you don't need to click on the Twitter button to share your review as it'll be done for you.

Optional: Before you share your wine find with friends, you can pick a score or make a quick tasting note, or both if you like:


My Score:
 
My Tasting Notes:
Expand Box




Community Reviews

There are 7 user submitted reviews for this wine.

Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Aromas of citrus fruit, white peaches, apples, gentle spices, and a hint butterscotch. The stone fruit and caramel flavours repeat in the mouth, which has a dry medium body and ends in a buttery apple tart finish. Score 88. (Reviewed Nov. 2016)
Lynn van der Linde rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

The grape growing region of Gisborne is located in the northeastern part of New Zealand, enjoying significant rainfall, and silt and clay soil composite, perfect for growing aromatic grapes like Viognier and Pinot Gris, as well as Chardonnay which makes up more than half of the grape varietals in this region. The soil is naturally irrigated - relying on natural rainfall for the grapes, which viticulturists refer to as "dry farming", as part of an organic grape growing practice.

On the nose, there is significant floral and tropical fruit notes, with a hint of smokiness on the back-end. Stone fruit on the palate and a lovely lingering fruit finish.
Wonderful with salmon or mixed salads.
Tasted Nov 2016.
Matt Steeves rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A favourite of many New Zealanders, and soon to be for Canadians too when it makes its Canadian debut in Vintages in March 2017. This Gisborne Chardonnay highlights exactly why its maritime climate is so great for slowly ripening the fruit whilst retaining that refreshing acidity and balance. The nose shows yellow apple, orchard fruit, baked bread, lees, and butterscotch. The palate is creamy and refreshing with layers of apple and almond croissant persisting on the tasty finish. Enjoy with chicken Caesar or seared scallops and creamy risotto. Tasted November 2016. 89+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Lori Kilmartin rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This is a Chardonnay from Gisborne, the most easterly tip of New Zealand's North Island. 2015 was warm and dry so with no extra irrigation Villa Maria was able to extract lots of stone fruit aromas and flavours typical of this variety. The grapes from various sites in the region were fermented separately, 50% with natural yeasts and also saw some time in French oak. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel and medium fruit (peach) finish. Tasted November 15, 2016.
Jane Staples rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This extra-dry, medium-bodied Chardonnay from the Gisborne region of New Zealand has stone fruit, citrus and fig aromas. The palate repeats along with tropical banana and hint of oak. Gisborne has a maritime climate which is ideal for slow ripening of Chardonnay grapes and 2015 was an excellent vintage, warm and dry.
Tasted Nov. 2016
Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Handled deftly in the vineyard and winery, this wine strikes a nice balance between an austere, unoaked Chard and a full-on oaky monster. Sourced from numerous vineyards in the Gisborne region, some of the juice was allowed a natural ferment with indigenous yeast. Most fermentation in tanks, a portion in French oak. Straw-yellow, apple, pear, citrus and very subtle spice, smooth texture and mellow acidity - very enjoyable.
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

This wine has lots of fruit on the nose with lots of lemon, lime, ripe peaches on the palate - giving way to a creamy texture - it is medium bodied. The grapes for this wine are typically harvested from the consistently warm climate of Gisborne - and this vintage was no different - it was dry for the most part and the Maritime climate of this region gives way to luscious, ripe fruit in the glass - Chardonnay is well received in New Zealand - yet Canada consumes only about 100 cases of New Zealand Chardonnay annually - something that Villa Maria hopes to see increase in the not too distant future.




Natalie's Review

Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Chardonnay 2015, Gisborne, New Zealand: A crisp, fresh New Zealand Chardonnay with aromas of tropical fruit and baking spice. From Gisborne, North Island, the Villa Maria Private Bin is a dry, oaked Chardonnay. This 2015 vintage Chardonnay was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2015-2019. 651737 13% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 16, 2017 Best Value White Wine.  Full Review

Ad

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO

PAIR WINE
& FOOD?

Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Clos Pegase White Wine
Chardonnay 2019,
Carneros, Napa Valley, California ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 305,145 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.

FEEL LOST IN THE

LCBO?

Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times

GOT A SMARTPHONE?

Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.

GET NAT'S APP

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  

328,771

WINE
REVIEWS

305,145

ACTIVE
MEMBERS
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award