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Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS Gooseberry and passionfruit characters dominate the nose 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 (August 2007). VINTAGE The 2007 vintage was characterised by moderate yields and ideal growing conditions. Marlborough experienced poor flowering in December, resulting in a ‘tempering’ of yields. From the end of January to harvest rainfall was low and the days were sun-drenched allowing for fruit to be harvested in prime condition and at the ideal point in its flavour development and balance. 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. Bottle Size: 750ml Variety: Sauvignon Blanc Vintage: 2007 Region: Marlborough Vineyard: Various Country: New Zealand Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.38 Total Acidity: 6.83g/L Residual Sugar: Nil Sweetness Indicator: Cellaring Potential: 2010 Serving Temperature: Lightly Chilled

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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 Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.00 5
02/03/2008

This was a good wine for it's value, wet citrus, good nose, accompanied seafood nicely.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.50 5
02/09/2009

great value. loads of grapefruit on the nose and palate. just a very powerful wine. great qpr.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
03/31/2008

Grassy nose, but not overpowering. Nice citrus there too. Very crisp and acidic on the attack, citrus and grass, but way less grass than some i've had. Some minerality of the finish. I liked it as it wasnt too grassy compared to some


Snooth User: njandl
4396851
4.00 5
02/26/2008

Hugely enjoyable, unabashed New Zealand white, bursting with tropical fruit. I believe I had the 2006 vintage.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
01/01/2008

not much of a finish. great nose with peachy aromas. i do get the tropical aromas as the winemaker's notes say but not precisely melon. more like tropical punch.


Snooth User: timbw
101451216
4.00 5
06/29/2009

Gooseberry and passionfruit characters dominate the nose 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


Snooth User: SDWineLover13
32231316
3.50 5
03/13/2008

Very forward aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. Equal flavors of creamy tropical fruits and lemon. This is very good Sauvignon Blanc. Will buy again. V.


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External Reviews for Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection

External Review
02/24/2010

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2007: Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 8-10°C, lagerfähig 2 - 4 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2007Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: MarlboroughWeingut: Villa Maria EstateRebsorte: Sauvignon BlancRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 6,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.14 Weißwein


External Review
10/15/2009

Tart and lively, with green apple, grass, mineral and quince flavors. Gooseberry tanginess grips the finish. Drink now. 100,000 cases imported.


External Review
04/09/2008

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.



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WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS Gooseberry and passionfruit characters dominate the nose 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 (August 2007). VINTAGE The 2007 vintage was characterised by moderate yields and ideal growing conditions. Marlborough experienced poor flowering in December, resulting in a ‘tempering’ of yields. From the end of January to harvest rainfall was low and the days were sun-drenched allowing for fruit to be harvested in prime condition and at the ideal point in its flavour development and balance. 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. Bottle Size: 750ml Variety: Sauvignon Blanc Vintage: 2007 Region: Marlborough Vineyard: Various Country: New Zealand Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.38 Total Acidity: 6.83g/L Residual Sugar: Nil Sweetness Indicator: Cellaring Potential: 2010 Serving Temperature: Lightly Chilled

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