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Villa Maria Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Stelvin 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS Ripe lime and gooseberry characters dominate the nose with hints of passionfruit, lychees and nettles. The wine is concentrated with vibrant fruit and mid palate richness, finishing rich and racy with excellent length and crispness (August 2006). VINTAGE Marlborough experienced a drier than normal year helping keep disease levels very low. The accumulated growing degree-days were slightly higher than the long-term average; this was due to warmer night-time temperatures as opposed to higher daytime temperatures. The fact the fruit was so clean enabled the harvesting to be at the optimal time so as to capture the ideal vineyard flavours. VINEYARDS The vineyards that provide the fruit for this wine are situated in both the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to ensure ripe and clean fruit. 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 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 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.

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Villa Maria Estate Ltd:
Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's leading winemakers. Founded in 1961 by its current owner and Managing Director, George Fistonich, Villa Maria is 100% New Zealand owned. New Zealand's leading wine award winner Villa Maria has been New Zealand's leading wine award winner, both nationally and internationally since the early 1980's. Villa Maria's talented people have ... Read more
Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's leading winemakers. Founded in 1961 by its current owner and Managing Director, George Fistonich, Villa Maria is 100% New Zealand owned. New Zealand's leading wine award winner Villa Maria has been New Zealand's leading wine award winner, both nationally and internationally since the early 1980's. Villa Maria's talented people have an unrelenting passion to produce quality wines. Realising that it takes more than just good winemaking to produce quality, a passion to succeed begins in the vineyard. Astute site selection by Villa Maria's vineyard experts, is followed by superior vineyard management and then complemented by expert winemaking. A strong focus on continually improving the vineyards is considered by Villa Maria to be an incredibly important factor in quality winemaking. Read less

Member Reviews for Villa Maria Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Stelvin

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Snooth User: kstalbaum
8968236
5.00 5
10/07/2008

Fruity nose, fresh crisp tasting wine


Snooth User: Primat36
3288326
4.00 5
10/16/2007

Crisp & refreshing


Snooth User: Primat3
3089623
4.00 5
08/26/2007

refreshing, lemongrassy


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.50 5
06/02/2008

Really good. not as good as the 2007 Villa Maria Sauvignon, plan version.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
06/20/2007

Yummy, refreshing, good value Sauvignon Blanc. Pale straw in color. Aromas of grass, grapefruit, and gooseberry. Flavors of gooseberry, grapefruit pith, coriander, and a distinct mineral streak that really adds freshness. Not tropical and over the top. Good effort.


Snooth User: NimaZ
4497265
2.00 5
07/08/2008

Two glasses


External Reviews for Villa Maria Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Stelvin

External Review
07/11/2007

A great example of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with typical ripe tropical-citrus fruit, zippy acidity and smoky, peppery flavors. Enjoy this with well-seasoned chicken, pork or fish dishes, especially if they're a little spicy.


External Review
10/18/2009

Pale straw. Grassy nose with lots of passion fruit and a pleasant, intriguing vegetal quality to it. Lots of yummy lime and passionfruit on the palate, this wine is fuller and denser than many New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and the crisp acidity is ... Cory Gowan. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2006 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection Marlborough 750ml


External Review
12/07/2009

Best Value Wine - NY Times, Wine of the Times 2007 New York Times. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2006 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection Marlborough 750ml


External Review
04/30/2010

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cliffords Bay (Stelvin) Cellar Selections 2006 and all other premium wine from Villa Maria available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from New Zealand and all over the world.



WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS Ripe lime and gooseberry characters dominate the nose with hints of passionfruit, lychees and nettles. The wine is concentrated with vibrant fruit and mid palate richness, finishing rich and racy with excellent length and crispness (August 2006). VINTAGE Marlborough experienced a drier than normal year helping keep disease levels very low. The accumulated growing degree-days were slightly higher than the long-term average; this was due to warmer night-time temperatures as opposed to higher daytime temperatures. The fact the fruit was so clean enabled the harvesting to be at the optimal time so as to capture the ideal vineyard flavours. VINEYARDS The vineyards that provide the fruit for this wine are situated in both the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to ensure ripe and clean fruit. 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 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 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.

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