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Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Clifford Bay Reserve 2008

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TASTING NOTE Situated in Marlborough's Awatere Valley, Clifford Bay's cool climate has an intensifying effect on varietal flavours in the vineyards. Powerful aromas of currants, green gooseberry and fresh lime intermingle with exotic fruit in this delightful Sauvignon Blanc. A generous and juicy palate gives way to a long steely finish. VINEYARD DATA Vineyard Yield Low-moderate Vintage Detail Excellent weather around flowering, followed by warm temperatures with rain helping to maintain excellent vine health. 100% machine Harvested SOILS AND VITICULTURE The fruit for this wine comes from a mix of vineyards in the Awatere Valley with a range of vine age and viticultural techniques. The common thread through all the vineyards is close attention to vine balance and health. This enables the vineyard to optimise the ‘site expression’ and unique characteristics of the Awatere Valley. WINEMAKING DATA Whole Bunch: No Destemmed: 100% Fermentation: Innoculated Fermentation Vessel: Tank Barrel Type: n/a New Barrel: n/a Maturation: 2 months on lees Fining: Gentle Filtration: Gentle to bottle Malolactic: No Bottled: August 2008 CELLARING Enjoy now or reap the rewards of 12-18 months of careful cellaring.

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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 Clifford Bay Reserve

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Snooth User: timbw
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5.00 5
03/27/2009

Superb wine - very classy.


Snooth User: DomTaylor
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5.00 5
11/06/2009

Amazing depth for a sauvignon blanc. all the crisp clean gooseberry and citrus notes you would expect from a Kiwi SB but it has a great minerality and flinty finish that lasts in the mouth.



TASTING NOTE Situated in Marlborough's Awatere Valley, Clifford Bay's cool climate has an intensifying effect on varietal flavours in the vineyards. Powerful aromas of currants, green gooseberry and fresh lime intermingle with exotic fruit in this delightful Sauvignon Blanc. A generous and juicy palate gives way to a long steely finish. VINEYARD DATA Vineyard Yield Low-moderate Vintage Detail Excellent weather around flowering, followed by warm temperatures with rain helping to maintain excellent vine health. 100% machine Harvested SOILS AND VITICULTURE The fruit for this wine comes from a mix of vineyards in the Awatere Valley with a range of vine age and viticultural techniques. The common thread through all the vineyards is close attention to vine balance and health. This enables the vineyard to optimise the ‘site expression’ and unique characteristics of the Awatere Valley. WINEMAKING DATA Whole Bunch: No Destemmed: 100% Fermentation: Innoculated Fermentation Vessel: Tank Barrel Type: n/a New Barrel: n/a Maturation: 2 months on lees Fining: Gentle Filtration: Gentle to bottle Malolactic: No Bottled: August 2008 CELLARING Enjoy now or reap the rewards of 12-18 months of careful cellaring.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 2.5gL grams per liter

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