What’s in the glass tonight October 25th – Riesling


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From the Cellar: Villa Maria Private Bin Dry Riesling Marlborough 2012 – $

Pale gold colour. 12.5% alc. This was VM’s 50th anniversary vintage.

I saw a citrus bite to the nose, some mellowness from wood ageing, and notes of apple, honey and sugar confectionery.

A mouthwatering lime + lemon attack in the mouth. Dry, and a great structure, intensity and freshness for their value/basement tier wine. A mandarin and green apple skin finish, lingering.

Very attractive.

88 points

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What’s in the glass tonight November 1st – a Dry Riesling


Villa Maria Dry Riesling 2010

From the Cellar: Villa Maria Private Bin Dry Riesling Marlborough 2010 – $

Pale yellow. 12.5% alc.

Aromatic and phenolic, biting acids, with lemon notes. Not much age complexity showing as yet.

A quite sweet attack, showing very refreshing lemon, citrus flavours. Medium length with a mouthwatering finish.

A simple wine, well made and well structured. Very more-ish

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight Sept 15th


VM Merlot Malbec 2011

From the Cellar: Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Malbec Hawkes Bay 2011 – $

This bottle was really cheap at P&S. I added it to my monthly Pool Room selection back in the day. Should have Walked On By…

Deep scarlet colour. 12.5%.

Slight vegetal nose, indicates unripeness, with grass notes. Some soft red plum fruit aromas.

Red fruits in the mouth; a bit thin, light. Fine tannins, not much structure, no boldness. Malbec typicity does show, but not enough. A cooking wine.

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What’s in the glass tonight February 9th


Villa Maria CS Dry Riesling 2010

From the Cellar: Villa Maria Private Bin Dry Riesling Marlborough 2010 – $

I seem to be running a mini-festival of Villa Maria wines. I can’t help it – they are such good value. No point drinking trash eh?

This exhibits the typical Riesling nose; that I’d-Know-That-Anywhere citrus bouquet and tang of TDN and bicarb.

In the mouth it is dry, natch, with a hint of bitterness under the bright citrus fruit flavours. Lots of grapefruit character. Hint of butterscotch at the finish – that bitterness again. The wine tastes young and quite fresh still though, and somewhat austere. Puckering, mouthwatering. A delight.

A gold medal winner. This will live quite a bit longer still. Luckily I have another two bottles to savour…

VG 4

What’s in the glass tonight April 17th


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From the Cellar: Villa Maria Private Bin Dry Riesling 2010 – $

This wine was lauded back in the day. I bought a brace or three. First bottle opened. I haven’t picked the best night to drink this. Outside blows the first of Wellington’s early winter storms…

Pale green straw. 12.5%. Pears meet melons meet citrus on nose. Emerging Riesling ‘chem-trail’ age characters starting to show. Classy.

Bright fresh fruit acidity on palate. Bracing and zippy. Pleasant weight and finish. Moreish. Went surprisingly well with the fruit and butter of my Hot X Buns. 3+

Happy Easter!