Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
A beautifully intense and lively wine, overflowing with aromas of ripe gooseberry, melon and passionfruit with hints of grapefruit, lime and nettles. The wine is mouth-filling and juicy with vibrant fruit and fantastic mid palate richness and weight, finishing rich and racy with excellent length and crispness. Enjoy now and until 2012.
Australian Wine Companion - "Typical Villa Maria, with that extra dimension of aroma and varietal flavour common to all its wines; tropical notes of passionfruit marry with ripe citrus and gooseberry fruit flavours, the finish long and balanced."
Wine Spectator - "Refreshing and vibrant, offering tangerine and lime-tinged nectarine and green apple flavors that keep sailing through the long, generous and lively finish. Drink now. 500 cases imported."
Villa Maria Winery
The Villa Maria story is one of absolute passion. Each wine is crafted in the unique, fruit-driven style of New Zealand, showcasing the very best of the country’s distinct wine regions. Villa Maria sources grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions, including Marlborough and Hawkes Bay, and produces wines in state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in Auckland and Marlborough. The winery Sir George Fistonich started in 1961 is still family owned and stands as an icon of superior quality and innovation in New Zealand winemaking. Villa Maria was also the first wine company in New Zealand to declare the winery a “cork-free zone,” sealing all wines from the 2001 vintage onwards with a screw cap to ensure quality in every bottle. Dedicated to minimizing environmental impact, Villa Maria has pioneered sustainable viticulture and winemaking since the 1990s, and is one of the very few wineries that have acquired four certifications as proof of the on-going commitment. In 2015, Drinks International named Villa Maria the most admired wine brand in New Zealand and fourth most admired wine brand in the word. View all Villa Maria Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.7 out of 5 stars
10 ratings, 5 with reviewsAnonymous - Fairfax Station, VA15/18/2017alfredo zanatti - Alachua, FL45/9/201631/25/2013Belmin Fernandez - New York, NY33/26/2012Joe Harbison - Columbus, OH49/19/201031/10/2012Patricia Piazza - Fairfax, VA51/2/20112009 Sold out - Wegman's has the 2009 in plentiful stock for $14.99 - std. price !!!!!Feng - Washington, DC56/9/2010This is probably the best sub $20 bottle of white I have had. Very fruity with complex flavor and fragrance, and yet not a bit of sweetness. The signature New Zealand SB passion fruit taste is actually on the lighter side because the other flavors are very rich and complex. Nice woody/grassy over tone, mixed with guava, passionfruit, kiwi, citrus, and cranberries. Ordering the third time.56/27/2010Light and crisp.Patricia Piazza - Fairfax, VA58/26/2010Villa Maria is terrific - Light, crisp, juicy to the last drop. Enjoyed the first bottle with baked flounder and a hearty salad. Second bottle - all by itself -- (not on the same day). Will buy this again. Great buy for $20.Kim Broers - Puxico, MO57/6/2010We like all the Marlborough County New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, citrus-y gooseberry lime and grapefruit notes and all. Villa Maria's Cellar Selection is one step up from there. Excellent.