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Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay 1999

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The 1999 vintage was one of the best vintages for white grapes in the Hawkes Bay region, with a continual dry hot weather pattern, interspersed with cold southerlies and little rain.

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      14.05.2002 06:42
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      A very pleasant drinking wine, this tipple exhibits a thick mouthfeel with a semi-rich style and clean finish; a Chardonnay that is well-structured, clean, moderately crisp and very drinkable. It possesses a vibrant bouquet of white fleshed nectarines integrated with subtle use of oak. While 100% barrel fermented, the fruit weight and intensity match the oak use to produce a stylish but complex wine that lingers long on the palate. While drinking well a year after it's vintage, with careful cellaring, this wine will enhance with age It goes beautifully with the usual poultry, fish and vegetarian cuisine but my wife and I simply drink lashings of it on its own - it is that good. We have only been able to locate this fine wine through Victoria Wine outlets although i'm sure it must be available through a good independant vendor. None of the "big four" supermarkets seem to stock it. In my opinion a reasonable benchmark for a decent Chardonnay is 13.0% vol and around £6 a bottle. This wine however is 13.5% vol and is priced considerably higher at £9.99 but well worth it.

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      The 1999 vintage was one of the best vintages for white grapes in the Hawkes Bay region, with a continual dry hot weather pattern, interspersed with cold southerlies and little rain.