Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

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

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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: timbw
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4.00 5
06/29/2009

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.


Snooth User: timbw
101451216
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04/06/2010

Lady Parker reviews the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from Marlborough, New Zealand. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u72IkZUzPRk


Snooth User: timbw
101451216
0.00 5
04/06/2010

Silver - International Wine Challenge, 2008 Seal of Approval - Japan Wine Challenge, 2008 Gold & Top 50 - New World Wine Awards, 2008


Snooth User: menatesto
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5.00 5
02/16/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
04/01/2009

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
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with ripe gooseberry, citrus lime, tropical melon and exotic herbal aromas. The wine's layers of flavour excite and intrigue. It is a fresh and ripely flavoured wine with fantastic intensity, finishing with crisp and racy acidity.


External Review
04/30/2009

Goldgelbe Farbe Nase von Zitrusaromen und Noten von tropischen Früchten. Im Gaumen frisch, elegant, komplex und fruchtig. Ein lang anhaltender Wein, unterstrichen durch seine feine Säure. Ein typischer Sauvignon Blanc aus Neuseeland.


External Review
04/19/2010

Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2008 - Villa Maria: Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2008 - Weißwein von Villa Maria EstateDas opulente Bukett wird von Stachelbeeren und reifen Limonen geprägt, zu denen sich Litschis, tropische Früchte und zarte Kräuternoten (Brennnessel) gesellen. Am Gaumen wirkt der Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2008 von Villa Maria Estate vollmundig mit einer konzentrierten Frucht. Das lange Finale ist lebhaft frisch mit einer rassige Säure. Zu feinem Spargel und nur kurz in der Pfanne gebratenen Jakobsmuscheln ist dieser Sauvignon Blanc ein Trinkgenuss.Weingut: Villa Maria EstateLand: NeuseelandRegion: Marlborough Rebsorte: 100% Sauvignon BlancInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,0 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 6,75 g/lRestsüße: trockenLagerfähigkeit: 2-4 Jahre ab JahrgangEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 8-10 °C Weißwein > Neuseeland > Marlborough



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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

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 2.5gL grams per liter

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