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Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The Reserve is a classic example of concentrated and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc displaying powerful aromas of currants, wild grass, and fresh lime threaded with exotic herb notes. An explosive, concentrated palate gives way to a long mineral and steely finish with sleek acidity.

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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 Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Snooth User: Sally White46
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2012 11/12/2013

Love this Sauvignon. Good taste. Great price.


Snooth User: Big Kiwi Chef
82902965
5.00 5
Vintage: 2012 04/26/2011

Five glasses


Snooth User: Wolle
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 06/13/2012

My Rating 87: I'm not a fan of white wines! This has a nice nose of Apple aroma which also shows up in the taste. The body is dry as it should be . The wine overall very drinkable. Price was good at Costco. On sale for under $ 7.-


Snooth User: YouBooze
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 06/02/2012

Clifford Bay has become my go to Sauvignon Blanc, as I am recovering Kim Crawford addict. Hailing from the renowned Awatere Valley, adding tropical flavors along with crisp and smooth minerality. This wine has room-filling aromas of guava, grapefruit and hints of moist grass. On the palate this wine's bursts with flavors of tropical and citrus fruits and has a balanced amount of mouth watering acidity. More on the "guava-side" of sauvignon blancs, this one has become one of my daily go-to's. Enjoy.


Snooth User: basilwino
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/21/2010

Nice for the price. Med citrussy.


Snooth User: jbechert
576323219
2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/31/2011

The Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley) 2009 is an okay Riesling but I expected more from a Marlborough wine. The alcohol content (13%) seems to overpower the subtle flavors. 86 pts

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Subtle flavors lost

Snooth User: niknot
132149123
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/02/2010

89/100 points. Pale yellow in color all the way to the rim. Nice bouquet of earth, lemongrass, and light notes of orange. A very pleasant texture that envelops the mouth. Flavors of passion fruit and a hint of the childhood flavor of tropical punch; a pine/evergreen taste on the back end. Very refreshing and balanced. Mediocre ending that falls short of the great beginning. Good buy. Something I would serve to friends.


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External Reviews for Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc

External Review
Vintage: 2013 01/13/2015

Plenty of fresh lemon, grapefruit zest and thyme notes emerge in this juicy, refreshing wine. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2013 01/13/2015

This medium-weight wine starts off with wonderfully pure, expressive aromas of ripe passion fruit. On the palate, it’s a bit prickly and leafy at first, like tomato stalks or nettle leaves. It then settles back down into tropical fruit on the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/12/2014

Smooth and succulent, with a juicy body, featuring passion fruit, lime and green melon notes. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 05/12/2014

The 2012 Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc is quite vegetal, with a capsicum and asparagus nose showing hints of lemon zest, green apple and grass. Medium-bodied and zesty, it offers plenty of ripe fruit concentration and a long, herbal finish. Drinking now, it should remain fresh to 2014.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/25/2011

The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc has intense aromas of fresh grass, hay, gooseberry and pineapple chunks. There's a good concentration of passion fruit and fresh herbs on the medium bodied palate with crisp acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2013. Either someone has their calculations wrong or this winery is selling its wine into the US well below the New Zealand recommended retail prices, because if the prices I've been given are correct then this pair from Clifford Bay offers amazing value!


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/25/2011

Fresh and appealing, but definitely on the green side of the Sauvignon Blanc spectrum. This medium-bodied wine features pungent sweaty and grassy aromas, as well as leafy, green-tomato flavors.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 03/08/2010

A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2009 Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 750ml


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The Reserve is a classic example of concentrated and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc displaying powerful aromas of currants, wild grass, and fresh lime threaded with exotic herb notes. An explosive, concentrated palate gives way to a long mineral and steely finish with sleek acidity.

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