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Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2020, Villa Maria

New Zealand / Hawkes Bay

Andy's Tasting Notes

Another truly outstanding vintage (2020) of this Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay, and again it has received very high praise.

It has everything you want from a world class Chardonnay; power, poise, complexity and great ageing potential. If you can, keep it for a couple of years to improve further.  Will age till 2030.

97/100 Points, Cameron Douglas, Master SommelierFantastic bouquet with piercing aromas of ripe tone fruits and gun-flint, fresh white fleshed orchard fruits, fine new barrel scents and soft baking spice moments. Complex, detailed and seductive. Even better on the palate with a pure fruit core showcasing flavours of grapefruit and stone fruits, citrus pith and wet pebble minerality. Fine tannins and plenty of acidity, a youthful complex and vibrant example.

Producer notes –
Located east of the Maraekakaho region in Hawkes Bay, directly in the path of cool air currents flowing from a mountain range to the west, the Keltern Vineyard is an inland site, buffered by the Ngaruroro River. Established on an ancient riverbed planted in 1999, the vineyard has silt loams layered over red metals, including large free-draining gravel stones. Vines range in age up to 21 years.

Vintage – with spring frost and hailstorm events Hawkes Bay was off to a nervous start. Once spring was navigated the weather settled and a sensational season ensued. Seasonal data indicated a growing season slightly cooler than the previous four but still above the long-term average, and dry to the point of drought. The Chardonnay harvest was off to a record early start with Keltern vineyard harvested by the 2nd March, our earliest harvest date yet. Hand-harvesting of pristine fruit enabled a minimal intervention winemaking approach, allowing Keltern’s unique characteristics to shine.


Price per bottle £28.95

40 in stock

Producer Info

Founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria remains 100% family owned and has claimed the title of ‘New Zealand’s Most Awarded Winery’ for over forty consecutive years.

It’s not easy to tell your Dad that you are quitting a career in carpentry to try your hand at making wine. But in 1961, at the age of 21, that’s exactly what Sir George Fistonich did. He leased five acres of land from his father, planted one acre with grapes and started making wine under the name ‘Villa Maria’. Since those first cuttings took hold in the soil out in Mangere, near Auckland, Sir George has been determined to be at the cutting edge of quality winegrowing.

Through a close and ongoing partnership with BioGro over the past 15 years, Villa Maria have now converted 30% of their own vineyards to certified organic, with a company goal of reaching 100% by 2030. Organic viticulture is only one facet of a holistic approach taken to vineyard sustainability. Soils are nurtured with compost derived from grape marc, the output of Villa Maria’s worm farms or through inter-row planting of cover crops such as clover. To promote biodiversity and a thriving ecosystem, over 700kgs of wildflower seeds are planted annually, attracting insects that are beneficial to the health of the vineyards.

Heat recovery systems have been installed in the Marlborough and Auckland wineries to use waste heat from refrigeration plants in winemaking and bottling processes. The Auckland winery has a night air cooling system installed to keep stored bottled wine at an optimal temperature. Both wineries are designed to make maximum use of natural daylight. Waste grape marc is recycled as stock food or composted as nutrient for the vineyards.

Food matchAll things creamy!


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Cellar Selected is a trading arm of Halifax Wine Company Ltd

Company Number 09560732, VAT Registration 772 343527

Registered Office – Equitable House, 55 Pellon Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, HX1 5SP

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