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Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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This is quite a ballsy, fleshy savvy out of Marlborough that is bound to satisfy the fussiest palates. Loads of tropical fruits decorate the nose with abundant passionfruits to the fore. The palate is almost rich and fruit-sweet, with a sprinkle of chopped herbs, brisk, racy acidity, and a long, citrusy finish. Excellent with garlic prawns.

Winemaker's Notes

A classic Wairau Valley style bursting with the trademark ripe fruit characters found in this sub region. The nose displays pure and powerful aromas of peach, grapefruit, blackcurrant, and underlying fresh aromatic herbs like rosemary and lemon thyme. The palate is concentrated with an enticing array of gooseberry, melon and guava flavours, balanced by a fine thread of acidity, and a savoury refreshing finish.

This concentrated and weighty Sauvignon Blanc is ideal served lightly chilled as an aperitif, or matched with light dishes such as fresh white fish, or goats cheese & rocket salad.

Alcohol: 13%

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Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
This steps up in terms of precision and ripeness: some very ripe passionfruit, sweet melon, ripe gooseberry and grapefruit all here _ really nicely resolved wine. The palate s smooth and supple, really integrated acidity holding Thai basil, gooseberry and Tahitian lime flavour bright and even. Good drive here.
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Good Wine Guide
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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The black label is the top of the tree at Villa, and here there's a very composed wine awaiting those willing to spend up the scale from the regular pack. Aromas of ripe passionfruit and lime juice, gooseberry and ripe herbs. The palate's deeply flavoured, with composed and even-handed texture - really supple and crisp, long and juicy.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
An authoritative wine with tremendous depth and drive, it is typically ripe and zingy, with marvellous weight and length of flavour, and tends to be fuller in body, less herbaceous and rounder than its Clifford Bay stablemate (above). In the past, a small proportion of the final blend (up to 10 per cent) was oak-aged, but the 2001 and subsequent vintages have been handled entirely in tanks. Grown in four vineyards in the Wairau Valley, the 2002 is a weighty, richly flavoured wine, bursting with sweet-fruit characters. It's a fully dry, beautifully ripe wine with passion fruit-like flavours showing great freshness and intensity, in its infancy, the 2003 vintage is ripely scented and powerful, with good weight, deep melon/capsicum flavours threaded with fresh acidity and a rich, fully dry yet rounded finish.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
An authoritative wine with tremendous depth and drive, it is typically ripe and zingy, with marvellous weight and length of flavour, and tends to be fuller in body, less herbaceous and rounder than its Clifford Bay stablemate (above). In the past, a small proportion of the final blend (up to 10 per cent) was oak-aged, but the 2001 and 2002 vintages were handled entirely in tanks. Grown in four vineyards in the Wairau Valley, the 2002 is a weighty, richly-flavoured wine, bursting with sweet fruit characters. It's a fully dry, beautifully ripe wine with passionfruit-like flavours showing great freshness and intensity.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
A mouthfilling, authoritative wine with tremendous depth and drive. Fruit from Peter Jackson's vineyard, off Renwick Road, has been a key component in each vintage, but other vineyards around the valley also contribute to the blend. About 10 per cent is fermented and/or matured in French oak barriques, with weekly lees-stirring: 'The oak puts a bow around the other flavours,' says winemaker Michelle Richardson. It's typically a ripe, zingy wine with marvellous weight and length of flavour. The lush, richly fragrant 1999 vintage is soft and mouthfilling. Subtle oak adds richness and complexity (10 per cent of the final blend was fermented and matured for three months in new French oak barriques), but the core of the wine is its deliciously ripe melon, capsicum and lime flavours, crisp and penetrating.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
A mouthfilling, authoritative wine with tremendous depth and drive. Fruit from Peter Jackson's vineyard, off Renwick Road, has been a key component in each vintage, but other vineyards around the valley also contribute to the blend. About 15 per cent is fermented and/or matured in French oak barriques, with weekly lees-stirring: "The oak puts a bow around the other flavours," says winemaker Michelle Richardson. It's typically a ripe, zingy wine with marvellous weight and length of flavour. Less aromatic than the 1997, but revealing tremendous depth and drive on the palate, the 1998 vintage shows great weight, with rich, piercing, ripely herbaceous flavours, subtle wood adding complexity and a crisp, powerful finish. (NB: the 1991 to 1994 vintage ratings apply to Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, as the wine was formerly labelled.)
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; a voluminous, perfumed bouquet is driven by passionfruit and gooseberry fruit aromas, with a mix of passionfruit, gooseberry and more grassy characters on the long palate.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
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