Villa Maria / 2016 Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

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Villa Maria / 2016 Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

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COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Marlborough.

GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

ABV: 13.5%

UNIT: 1 x 75cl Bottle.

WINEMAKER 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.

VINEYARDS: The fruit for this wine comes from a combination of vineyards with varying soils and viticultural techniques throughout the Wairau Valley. The common thread between the vineyards was an unrelenting focus on vine health. This was achieved by careful yield adjustments and water management as well as a balanced approach to vine nutrition.

VINTAGE: The climate in Marlborough has high sunshine hours, but temperatures during the growing season are regulated by the cooling ocean influence. Vintage 2015 will be remembered as one of the strong years due to a great summer and modest crop levels. With very low rainfall going back to winter 2014 and a cool spring, but with timely rainfall at the beginning of harvest giving the vines the lift they needed to push the fruit through to perfect ripeness.

WINEMAKING: All Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested at the cool of night to retain aromatics and freshness in the grapes. The fruit was destemmed, crushed, and pressed before cold settling. The clear racked juice was inoculated with selected aromatic yeast strains. Cool, slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks took place to retain distinctive sub-regional and varietal characteristics.

TASTING NOTES: Harvested in the cool of night to retain maximum aromatic complexity, this wine is blended from premium vineyards in the warm Wairau Valley. Fresh and zesty and then opulent and textured with dense tropical fruit.

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.