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Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Clifford Bay Reserve 2009

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Since George Fistonich founded Villa Maria in 1961, it has grown in reputation to become New Zealand's most successful privately owned winery and maker of New Zealand's most awarded wines. Many respected wine writers and critics support this statement; The new Sotheby's Wine Encylopedia stated of Villa Maria "Probably the best all round producer in New Zealand. Villa Maria has a vast array of wines, yet they are all beautifully crafted to enhance fruit and finesse.... if the quality is super, the consistency is supernatural". This success has been achieved through the Villa Maria team's total commitment to the quality of its varietal wines which is continuously rewarded in national and international wine competitions. Located in Marlborough’s cooler Awatere Valley, Clifford Bay has a direct concentrating effect on varietal flavours in the associated vineyards.This wine is a classic example of vibrant Sauvignon Blanc displaying intense aromas of nettle, currants, gooseberry and fresh lime intertwined with exotic fruit notes. An explosive, concentrated palate gives way to a long mineral and steely finish. This Sauvignon is superb to drink by itself or with seafood such as scallops, clams or prawns, or goats cheese and butternut squash salad.

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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: basilwino
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3.00 5
06/21/2010

Nice for the price. Med citrussy.


Snooth User: jbechert
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2.50 5
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
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.


Snooth User: drtomrhoads
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4.00 5
05/23/2011

My first Sauvignon Blanc from NZ. I'm hooked! Citrusy and tropical with zing.


Snooth User: JBCatrino
73970313
3.50 5
01/30/2011

Nice quince, pink gfruit aromas with a down played vibrancy on the palate. Not an overload of puckerness-zing like many Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. I like that. A little blue stone mineral nip at the finish. Nice, will buy again.


Snooth User: partial2shiraz
106129107
3.00 5
03/20/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Clifford Bay Reserve

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Plenty of zingy lime peel notes mingle with grapefruit, melon and lemon flavors on a light body. Therersquo;s a dash of herbal and mineral accents on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
03/08/2010

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


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc has intense aromas of fresh grass, hay, gooseberry and pineapple chunks. Therersquo;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 Irsquo;ve been given are correct then this pair from Clifford Bay offers amazing value!


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.



Since George Fistonich founded Villa Maria in 1961, it has grown in reputation to become New Zealand's most successful privately owned winery and maker of New Zealand's most awarded wines. Many respected wine writers and critics support this statement; The new Sotheby's Wine Encylopedia stated of Villa Maria "Probably the best all round producer in New Zealand. Villa Maria has a vast array of wines, yet they are all beautifully crafted to enhance fruit and finesse.... if the quality is super, the consistency is supernatural". This success has been achieved through the Villa Maria team's total commitment to the quality of its varietal wines which is continuously rewarded in national and international wine competitions. Located in Marlborough’s cooler Awatere Valley, Clifford Bay has a direct concentrating effect on varietal flavours in the associated vineyards.This wine is a classic example of vibrant Sauvignon Blanc displaying intense aromas of nettle, currants, gooseberry and fresh lime intertwined with exotic fruit notes. An explosive, concentrated palate gives way to a long mineral and steely finish. This Sauvignon is superb to drink by itself or with seafood such as scallops, clams or prawns, or goats cheese and butternut squash salad.

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