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Villa Maria

From a one-man band to a global brand in just 50 years

In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines. He harvested his first grapes in 1962 and made his first wine under the name Villa Maria.

Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. He made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly.

Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.

 

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Villa Maria-Single Vineyard Taylors Pass-Sauvignon Blanc-2016-750mL

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.

Winemaking details

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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.

£ 15.95 / Bottle £ 18.95 / Bottle
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