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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 1999
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 1999
(search item no. 16895)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $17.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Uplifted ripe herbaceous characters laced with tropical fruit overtones. The ripe fruit wrap themselves around a tight acid structure that delivers to the end a long lingering finish.

Food Match: Seafoods, Cold meat salads, White meats, Gazpacho, Vegetarian dishes and certain spicy ones.

Alcohol: 14%

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About Villa Maria:

In 1960, George Fistonich, the son of a Croatian immigrant, founded Villa Maria in Mangere, Auckland. Voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year in 1993, George is today the managing director of the Villa Maria Group, which also includes Vidal and Esk Valley Wineries, together forming the third largest wine company in New Zealand.

Winemaker Michelle Richardson has been with Villa Maria since 1992. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Australia and in 1991 assisted flying winemaker Hugh Ryman with the French vintage. In 1997, Michelle, like George Fistonich, was voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year. Her 1996 wines have taken Villa Maria to new peaks in quality. Michelle is a graduate of the highly regarded Roseworthy College in Australia. She heads the Villa Maria winemaking team.

This team of dedicated vintners has placed its emphasis on high quality and good value. Grapes are either estate-grown or carefully sourced, and the winery was the first in New Zealand to initiate payment for grapes by quality. Villa Maria has won awards for its wines in competitions across New Zealand and Australia and has been honored for its high standards of customer service and environmental responsibility.