In 1961 Sir George Fistonich, at just 21 years of age, set up Villa Maria Wines after leasing 5 acres of land from his father. Always focused on regional differences, Gisborne is regarded as the home of Chardonnay and in the 1980’s Villa Maria starting producing Chardonnay from the region. A region totally suited to high quality Chardonnay production: the cool sea breezes help preserve the natural acidity of Chardonnay, while the warm summers develop tropical fruit flavours. Sourced from a selection of their best Gisborne vineyards, this is Gisborne Chardonnay at its finest. Rich ripe lime, citrus and nectarine aromas, with a touch of gun smoke giving complexity, these flavours flow through to the palate where integrated oak and textural juiciness are wrapped around a solid core of apple, buttery popcorn and vanillian oak. The finish is long, intense and very seductive.