Premier USA wine critic bestows stunning 96/100 ratings to two outstanding Villa Maria Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs (we have been beating the drums for these two wines very loudly for many months to be fair).
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2010
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2010
We have been making the case for some time that Marlborough's top Pinot Noirs are now a match for the best of Martinborough and Central Otago, and also that Villa Maria are very much at the forefront of this movement.
You only need to look at the accolades piling up below to see that we're not alone on our views. When James Suckling, with its tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide bestows ratings like these, then demand is sure to explode.
'Go South, young man' would be the way to sum up the success, with the Southern Valleys of Marlborough with their clay loams bearing massive fruit.
These two wines on offer today are both perfect examples from a standout vintage - there are many winemakers who still regard 2010 as the superior vintage to 2013 in Marlborough. The Southern Clays wine was formerly known as the Rutherford Vineyard Pinot Noir and the Seddon Vineyard produces not only some of NZ's finest Pinot Noir, but some of its finest Pinot Gris too. Nearly a year ago, Alastair Maling MW hosted me for a vertical tasting of Seddon from 2007-2012 - you can read my blog about it here.
The upshot was that I was blown away by the quality and vineyard specificity of the Seddon wine… anyone who questions the ability of top Marlborough Pinot to age and express terroir need only look at the 2007! This 2010 has really come on in the last year, showing the same ethereal texture that the 2007 has and developing even more complexity.