Villa Maria `Barrique Fermented` Chardonnay 2011 (6 x 750mL), Gisborne, NZ.

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Fruit for the Barrique Fermented blend comes from across Gisbornes most prestigious vineyards. The Katoa and McDiarmid Hill sites are western edged vineyards beautifully positioned on north facing gentle hillside slopes. Taking full advantage of the sunlight, dry wind conditions and slightly cooler temperatures, the additional elevation provides the winemakers with a wonderful head start for producing this outstanding wine. In comparison the Ledger block, situated on clay-loam soils in the middle of the Patutahi area, is a relatively warm site ripening full flavoured fruit. Careful yield management and timely leaf plucking around the bunch zone in all blocks ensures that desired fruit ripening and quality can be achieved.

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New Zealand

Expert Reviews

5 Stars & Top 10 – Cuisine Magazine, May 2013 (NZ)

5 Stars & Top Wine of the Tasting – Dish Magazine, April/May 2013 (NZ)

Winery Tasting Notes


Styled to capture the regional essence of Gisborne, the 2011 Barrique offers a complex medley of fresh stone fruit aromas with hints of tropical fruits and smoky grilled nut characters.


The palate is seamlessly textured with a creamy mid-palate, leading to a finish extended by harmonious acidity. This wine is well-integrated and appealing for enjoyment on release, but will continue to develop further complexity with maturation.


5 - 7 years from vintage.

Medals & Trophies

Pure Elite Gold – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012

Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2012

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Grape Style
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Founded in 1961 by current owner and Managing Director, George Fistonich, Villa Maria is a privately owned winery.

Villa Maria produces New Zealand's most awarded wines and has achieved acclaim, both nationally and internationally since the early 1980's.  This outstanding achievement is due to an uncompromising commitment and dedication to quality at all stages of the grape growing and winemaking processes.

Villa Maria sources grapes from each of New Zealand's premium grape growing regions: Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and produces wines in two state of the art wineries situated in Marlborough and Auckland. Villa Maria was the first major wine company in New Zealand to seal their wines with screwcaps, ensuring their wine reaches the consumer just as the winemaker intended. 

Trophy for Champion Producer, 2008 Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition (New Zealand)

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