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Villa Maria 'produces country's best Chardonnay'

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Villa Maria 'produces country's best Chardonnay'

Villa Maria's Single Vineyard Keltern Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010 has once again made its mark as the best Chardonnay in New Zealand having collected five trophies from two shows over a two-week period.

The wine was awarded the Champion Chardonnay Trophy and Champion Wine of the Show at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2011 awards dinner last night, having already won three trophies at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards last week.

Villa Maria Owner and Managing Director Sir George Fistonich commented that the Keltern Vineyard in Hawkes Bay is quite possibly one of the best Chardonnay vineyards that New Zealand has ever had.

"This vineyard has a record for high achieving, over the past 10 years, it has earned 14 trophies and 17 golds. It's no accident that this wine is consistently good year after year, it comes down to expert vineyard management and a passion for making good wine, Villa Maria is fortunate to have the winning formula to do this amazing site justice," he said.

The New Zealand International Wine Show prides itself as being one of the largest wine shows in New Zealand, entries can come from any country and any variety. This year there were a total of 2080 wines entered with a strong showing from Australia and New Zealand.

Chairman of Judges Bob Campbell MW speaking at the awards dinner explained what these awards mean for the industry, "Great vineyards and winemakers make a valuable contribution, but competition is the real catalyst that drives quality," he said.

A summary of Villa Maria's gold medal results at the NZ International Wine Show:

Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2009

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2007

Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir 2007

Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2007

Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2009

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