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Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Pri Bin 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS Distinctively Marlborough, bursting with passionfruit, ripe gooseberry and hints of herbaceous nuances. A well balanced and a freshly invigorating palate with a crisp and zesty finish (June 2004). WINEMAKING Each vineyard was harvested at optimum ripeness and processed separately to provide the greatest blending options. The fruit was pressed in a pneumatic airbag press, cold settled and racked for fermentation. Cool fermentation techniques were employed to savour flavour and aromatics. After the fermentation had completed the wines were racked to blend, gently fined, filtered and immediately bottled, capturing flavour freshness and richness. VINEYARDS Fruit was sourced from a range of vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The diverse range of soils and climatic conditions throughout these valleys provided an array of fruit flavours and wine blending options. VINTAGE The 2004 Marlborough vintage will be remembered as a very interesting one. This region saw a fabulous growing season up until verasion when Marlborough experienced its heaviest February rainfalls on record. The 2004 February rainfall was 124mm compared to a long-term average of 45mm. This rainfall coincided with a week long cold snap that proved challenging to both the vineyards and winemakers. Overall the vintage was very sound producing some very intensely aromatic Sauvignon Blanc parcels.

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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 Pri Bin

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Snooth User: Iain
76809106
4.00 5
06/25/2008

the perfect summer sauvignon. mildly fruity and elegant with a light aftertaste.


Snooth User: cleere
9795257
5.00 5
11/29/2008

crisp, clean, lemony,citrusy,this is my kind of wine(all my friends will tell you), great with shellfish and some soft cheeses, I drink it on it's own


Snooth User: waimarama
14338954
3.50 5
02/27/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Pri Bin

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Musky aromas of smoke and herbs, with a light vegetal aspect. Round, ripe and easygoing, with apple and pear flavors complicated by varietal vegetal notes. Soft and approachable sauvignon.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Therersquo;s simple elegance in the grape-based aroma of fresh lime, then the wine is a clean gloss on melon and gooseberry flavor. It finishes tart, a spritz of lime zest for fatty tuna sashimi.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

This workhorse NZ Savvy delivers just what yoursquo;d expect: an initial blast of pungent herbal and passion fruit scents, followed by bright tropical fruit on the palate and a crisp, clean finish. Good value.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Bright and juicy, with lively acidity against nectarine and lime flavors that persist into the zingy finish. Drink now.



WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS Distinctively Marlborough, bursting with passionfruit, ripe gooseberry and hints of herbaceous nuances. A well balanced and a freshly invigorating palate with a crisp and zesty finish (June 2004). WINEMAKING Each vineyard was harvested at optimum ripeness and processed separately to provide the greatest blending options. The fruit was pressed in a pneumatic airbag press, cold settled and racked for fermentation. Cool fermentation techniques were employed to savour flavour and aromatics. After the fermentation had completed the wines were racked to blend, gently fined, filtered and immediately bottled, capturing flavour freshness and richness. VINEYARDS Fruit was sourced from a range of vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The diverse range of soils and climatic conditions throughout these valleys provided an array of fruit flavours and wine blending options. VINTAGE The 2004 Marlborough vintage will be remembered as a very interesting one. This region saw a fabulous growing season up until verasion when Marlborough experienced its heaviest February rainfalls on record. The 2004 February rainfall was 124mm compared to a long-term average of 45mm. This rainfall coincided with a week long cold snap that proved challenging to both the vineyards and winemakers. Overall the vintage was very sound producing some very intensely aromatic Sauvignon Blanc parcels.

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