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This wine is bright plum in colour with purple tints. The nose shows intensely complex characters of blackcurrant and cedar spice. This is followed on the palate by an eruption of fruit flavours -primarily dark cherry and blackberry, with a distinctive Coonawarra cassis character. The tannins are fine grained and supple and the wine has a long, integrated finish. As with previous releases of ‘The Cover Drive’, the wine displays harmonious balance.

This wine has been named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the very site where Jim Barry now grows this premium Cabernet, which is blended with small parcels from the family's Clare Valley estate, then aged in French and American oak. The nose is very fragrant, dominated by intense cassis and cedar, with nuances of fennel and damson. A generous palate with succulent tannins framing blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry flavours. Can be enjoyed immediately, but will reward cellaring for 5 years or more.

For more than 50 years, Jim Barry Wines has consistently produced wines of international acclaim. The late Jim Barry was a pioneer of Australian table wine, graduating with the 17th diploma in winemaking in Australia. He went on to become the first qualified winemaker to work in the Clare Valley of South Australia and with his wife, Nancy, built a successful wine business which has produced trophy-winning wines since its establishment in 1959. Today, the custodian of Jim Barry Wines is their second son Peter, who joined the family winery in 1977, also graduating as a winemaker. Peters eldest son Tom completed his Oenology degree in 2009 from the same university, making Jim Barry Wines the first family owned winery in Australia to have three generations of graduates from this course. (James Halliday)Jim Barry Wines has an innovative approach to viticulture and a strong commitment to technological excellence in winemaking. This philosophy is fundamental to the company's ability to consistently produce wines of the highest quality which have won international recognition.

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WINEMAKER’S COMMENT

The Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc has lifted floral aromatics of jasmine and elderflower, with vibrant gooseberry and passionfruit notes.

This leads into a pure and concentrated palate with snow pea, nettles and punchy grapefruit and lime zest. This classy Sauvignon Blanc showcases finely woven acidity and textured savory, biscuit notes providing a long lingering, complex finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Serve lightly chilled as an aperitif or with light dishes such as poached white fish or sautéed scallops with a rocket and melon salad. VINEYARD & WINEMAKING The climate in Marlborough has high sunshine hours, but temperatures during the growing season are regulated by the cooling ocean influence.

Marlborough had a warmer than usual spring, followed by a temperate summer. All Sauvignon Blanc grapes were machine harvested between early March until mid April in cool autumn conditions. .

FRUIT HANDLING: Machine harvested and destemmed in the vineyard during cool night conditions to retain freshness and aromatics YEAST: Carefully selected cultured aromatic yeast

FERMENTATION: Cool, slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks to retain distinctive regional and varietal characteristics VINEYARD: The picturesque Taylors Pass Vineyard is located on the meandering Awatere River in Marlborough. With soils ranging from silt over gravels to stony gravels, the vineyard consistently produces intense, concentrated fruit.

History

The Villa Maria story is one of absolute passion. 100% New Zealand and family owned, Villa Maria Estate was founded by George Fistonich in 1961 and, through his dedication to quality, Villa Maria Estate has claimed the title of New Zealand's Most Awarded Wines for over thirty years. Villa Maria Estate makes wines as nature intended, clean, fresh, intensely varietal and elegant.

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Regional info

The picturesque Taylors Pass Vineyard is located on the meandering Awatere River in Marlborough. With soils ranging from silt over gravels to stony gravels, the vineyard consistently produces intense, concentrated fruit.

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« A wine of pure pleasure and a sophisticated gastronomic wine, Cristal is both powerful and delicate, combining subtlety and precision. » — Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master

This concentrated, dense, ripe, fresh and long Cristal 2006 is unhesitatingly made using full-bodied, smooth Pinots and fresh, elegant mineral Chardonnays. The ripeness of 2006 harvests makes it possible to achieve a distinctive culmination of matter and purity, richness and softness.

 

The Tsar’s Wine

Our House’s most famous wine was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. The emperor asked Louis Roederer to reserve the House’s best cuvée for him every year. He was particularly fond of the House’s wine. To distinguish this cuvée, this exceptional champagne came in a flat-bottomed, transparent lead-crystal bottle. The new brand was named after this precious material, which is particularly transparent and luminous.

 

Perfect Harmony

Produced uniquely during the best years, when the Chardonnay (45%) and Pinot noir (around 55%) grapes have attained perfect maturity.

Cristal is aged for 6 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a further 8 months after dégorgement.

Cristal is a blend of grand crus from the Reims mountain, the Marne Valley and Côte des Blancs.

 

A Symphony of Purity and Elegance

Cristal is a remarkably balanced and refined champagne whose length is inimitable. It has a silky texture and fruity aromas, complemented by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes. Cristal is a wine that keeps well: it can be conserved for over twenty years without losing its freshness and character.

 

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