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2015 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

It’s the benchmark of New Zealand and no one does it better than Villa Maria when it comes to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Intense and lively, the fruit for this stunning Savvy is sourced from the Awatere and Wairau Valley and is a quintessential taste of a style we’ve come to love. You’ll find gooseberry, passionfruit, lime juice and nettle even a tinge of capsicum. The palate is all about weight and expression; it carries a mouth-filling vibrant richness and finishes crisp and crunchy with superb length. Asian dishes do it justice as do anything with goat’s cheese.

Winemaker's Notes

An intense expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with distinct Awatere Valley aromas of snow pea, kaffir lime and gooseberry. The wine is powerful and refined, displaying vibrant grapefruit and subtle passionfruit notes with fantastic mid-palate weight, and a balanced acidity. Enjoy up to 2 years after release.

Serving suggestion: Fresh pan seared snapper or sautéed scallops with a tarragon dressing and fresh rocket salad

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2015 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
A step up in the range here. This has a striking gooseberry edge to the nose, some green passionfruit too; a real sense of concentration. The palate s smooth and supple with a bright and fleshy fruit tang, gentle sweet herbs, and lime juice to freshen through the finish.
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Good Wine Guide
91
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This hedges its stylistic bets with a cooler, greener nettle and herb edge, as well as gooseberry, lime and other tropical fruits. The palate's typically well-resolved, with that extra polish that Villa is so adept at delivering; flavours of passionfruit and nectarine run long and juicy.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; clean; some light, somewhat amorphous tropical fruit aromas are followed by a clean, light- to medium-bodied palate which is well balanced, if a little plain.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
84
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet is rich and ripe with white peach and tropical fruit, the palate quite well balanced but with that slightly spongy feel of the vintage. Silver medal at the 1999 Liquorland Royal Easter Wine Show.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
85
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; a fresh and crisp bouquet with a mix of lemon, citrus and mineral aromas leads into a well-balanced moderately ripe citrus and gooseberry-flavoured palate.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
90

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