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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

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Wine Description

(2008 Vintage) WINEMAKER’S COMMENT Overflowing with aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit with hints of lime and nettles. The wine is mouth filling with vibrant fruit and mid palate richness, finishing rich and racy with excellent length and crispness. VINEYARD DESCRIPTION The fruit for this wine comes from both the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. Timely canopy management activities such as shoot thinning and leaf plucking along with an attention to vine health optimises the opportunity for the read more...WINEMAKER’S COMMENT Overflowing with aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit with hints of lime and nettles. The wine is mouth filling with vibrant fruit and mid palate richness, finishing rich and racy with excellent length and crispness. VINEYARD DESCRIPTION The fruit for this wine comes from both the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. Timely canopy management activities such as shoot thinning and leaf plucking along with an attention to vine health optimises the opportunity for the ideal vineyard flavours and clean, ripe fruit at harvest. The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night to ensure it arrived at the winery in pristine condition. WINEMAKING Each vineyard was harvested at optimum ripeness and processed separately to provide the greatest number of blending options. The fruit was gently pressed, cold settled and racked for fermentation. Cool fermentation techniques were employed to retain flavour and aromatics. After fermentation the wines remained on yeast lees for a few weeks to build mouth feel. The wines were then racked to be blended, gently fined, filtered and immediately bottled, capturing flavour freshness and richness. IDEAL DRINKING Drink until 2011 Bottle Size: 750ml Variety: Sauvignon Blanc Vintage: 2008 Region: Marlborough Vineyard: Various Country: New Zealand Alcohol: 13% pH: 3.2 Total Acidity: 7.35gL Residual Sugar: 2.5gL Sweetness Indicator: Cellaring Potential: 2011 (hide)

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    Lacks grapefruit/citrus of Kim Crawford and also v. good

    almost 7 years
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    Very nice everyday white

    over 6 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Planet Grape
    (2015 Vintage) Lightly carbonated with notes of lime, guava, snow pea and dill.
  • Planet Grape
    (2015 Vintage) Vibrant, juicy and crisp with notes of lime zest, peach, starfruit, cucumber, and snap pea.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
  • Wine Spectator
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/01
  • Wine Spectator
    (2004 Vintage)