Golden harvest for Villa Maria Estate

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 07:03 24/03/2014

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Villa Maria Estate got an early Easter treat this weekend, coming away from the Easter Show Wine Awards with not one but five trophies.

The wine company's Single Vineyard Taylor's Pass Chardonnay 2012 won Champion Wine of the Show, having been awarded the trophy for Champion Chardonnay.

Villa's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 took out the Champion Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot trophy while their Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay (the 2005, 2009 and 2012 vintages) won the Heritage Category.

To top off the haul, chief winemaker at Villa Maria, George Geris, won the trophy for winemaker of the year.

Mr Geris said his award as well as the trophies for the chardonnay were great for the whole Marlborough team. He particularly wanted to acknowledge viticulturalist Stuart Dudley and senior winemaker Jeremy McKenzie.

Villa Maria picked up its first medal at the Easter Show in 1962.

Founder and chief executive Sir George Fistonich was keen to see how next year's wines would look, after doing so well this year.

It was quite a haul of gold medals this year, with 13 all up. We picked up a gold medal for each of our four regional chardonnays, so there are some really great ones to look for from this vintage," he said.

This year would mark Villa Maria's 35th year as New Zealand's most awarded wine company.

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- The Marlborough Express

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