Local Chardonnay Wins Gold in International Competition

Villa Maria is thrilled to have received GOLD for its sensational Reserve Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018 at the prestigious UK-based International Wine Challenge 2021.

A wonderfully concentrated and complex wine described having tasting notes of "struck match, creamy tropical fruit, bright and clean with a buttery finish".

In its youth, this concentrated wine is pale in the glass and displays delicate and complex aromas of white-fleshed stone fruit, flowers, biscuit, and hazelnut. Intricate barrel fermentation influences meld with stone fruit and acidity on the palate, forming a refined marriage of style and length. Cellar this wine with confidence for up to 8 years from vintage.