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Villa Maria Riesling Marlborough Private Bin 2005

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Winemakers Comments: A lifted bouquet of ripe citrus-lime and spring-blossom aromas. The palate is beautifully balanced with intense flavours, great length and a zesty lime finish. Vintage Notes: Marlborough experienced warmer than average temperatures until February, which saw cool temperatures and high rainfall. From March on the region was sun drenched with warm days and cool nights causing fantastic flavour development and retention. The fruit was harvested latter than normal due to the cool February however arrived at the winery in optimum condition. Viticulture: Villa Maria's Riesling vineyards are scattered throughout 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, leaf plucking and wire lifting provided balanced yields and exposed fruit. Winemaking: The grapes for this wine were harvested in the cool of the morning, then gently pressed and naturally settled before fermentation. This wine was then fermented using neutral yeasts and cool fermentation techniques, which aided in savouring the delicate Riesling aromatics. The ferment was stopped at just the right time to give an off-dry styled wine. The wine was then blended, lightly fined and stabilised prior to bottling.

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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

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Snooth User: waimarama
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02/27/2009

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Winemakers Comments: A lifted bouquet of ripe citrus-lime and spring-blossom aromas. The palate is beautifully balanced with intense flavours, great length and a zesty lime finish. Vintage Notes: Marlborough experienced warmer than average temperatures until February, which saw cool temperatures and high rainfall. From March on the region was sun drenched with warm days and cool nights causing fantastic flavour development and retention. The fruit was harvested latter than normal due to the cool February however arrived at the winery in optimum condition. Viticulture: Villa Maria's Riesling vineyards are scattered throughout 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, leaf plucking and wire lifting provided balanced yields and exposed fruit. Winemaking: The grapes for this wine were harvested in the cool of the morning, then gently pressed and naturally settled before fermentation. This wine was then fermented using neutral yeasts and cool fermentation techniques, which aided in savouring the delicate Riesling aromatics. The ferment was stopped at just the right time to give an off-dry styled wine. The wine was then blended, lightly fined and stabilised prior to bottling.

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