Villa Maria 'Private Bin' Sauvignon Blanc - $14.99

Wine Details

Price: $14.99
Producer: Villa Maria
Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: gooseberry, grass, green apple, mineral
  • Award Winning
  • White Wine
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Product Description

  • This Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with ripe gooseberry, citrus lime, tropical melon and exotic herbal aromas. The wine’s layers of flavour excite and intrigue. It is a fresh and ripely flavoured wine with fantastic intensity, finishing with crisp and racy acidity. Optimum Cellaring: Enjoy now until 2010 SERVING SUGGESTION: Enjoy chilled with fresh seafood, shellfish, salads and vegetable dishes or simply on its own.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
WineSpectator - 89 Details: Tart and lively, with green apple, grass, mineral and quince flavors. Gooseberry tanginess grips the finish. Drink now. 100,000 cases imported. –DS 2006 WineSpectator
WineEnthusiast - 90 Details: The first SB of the new vintage to cross our tasting table, and hopefully a sign of good things to come, with bold gooseberry aromas and hints of melon, peach and sweat. Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and a long, spicy finish. Drink now. 2006 WineEnthusiast gooseberry, grass, green apple, mineral
Tanzer - 86 Details: ($13) Slightly exotic aromas of tropical fruits and cotton candy. Supple and moderately rich, with a flavor of candied apricot. Finishes with decent length. 2005 Tanzer
WineSpectator - 87 Details: Bright and tart, with gooseberry, mint and grapefruit notes mingling on the lively palate. Drink now. 50,000 cases imported. –HS 2005 WineSpectator apricot, candied, tropical fruits
WineEnthusiast - 88 Details: After a big crop in the 2004 vintage, Marlborough suffered from poor weather during flowering, leading to lower-than-normal yields and more concetrated wines in 2005. In a recent tasting of 20-odd new releases, this offering proved to be the best value. It shows less pungency and more ripeness than most years, starting with grapefruit and adding layers of stone fruits and ripe, tropical flavors. 2005 WineEnthusiast gooseberry, grapefruit, mint
WineNews - 90 Details:  Intense, extravagant nose of tropical fruit, gooseberry (resembling chopped fresh asparagus) and lime zest. Rich without being heavy, with lively acidity, offering flavors that replicate the nose amplified by a touch of grapefruit; long, lingering, mineral-tinged finish; classy and vibrant. (screwcap) 2005 WineNews gooseberry, grapefruit, lime
WineEnthusiast - 86 Details: This workhorse NZ Savvy delivers just what you'd expect: an initial blast of pungent herbal and passion fruit scents, followed by bright tropical fruit on the palate and a crisp, clean finish. Good value. 2004 WineEnthusiast
WineSpectator - 87 Details: Bright and juicy, with lively acidity against nectarine and lime flavors that persist into the zingy finish. Drink now. 75,000 cases imported. –HS 2004 WineSpectator herbal
Tanzer - 84 Details: ($13) Musky aromas of smoke and herbs, with a light vegetal aspect. Round, ripe and easygoing, with apple and pear flavors complicated by varietal vegetal notes. Soft and approachable sauvignon. 2004 Tanzer apple, herbs, pear, smoke, vegetal
WineSpectator - 87 Details: Polished style, light and pretty, with citrus and tropical fruit notes that ride nicely over the top. Drink now. 60,000 cases imported. –HS 2003 WineSpectator
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Mozzarella, Feta, Goat Cheese, Ricotta, Swiss
Poultry & Eggs Chicken or Turkey, Chinese Chicken Salad, Roast Game Hen
Vegetables Asparagus, Asparagus Quiche
Fruits & Nuts Citrus Fruits, Mango Salsa
Vegetables Salad, Greek Salad, Nicoise Salad, Tomato
Fish or Shellfish Ceviche, Shellfish (scallops, clams, crab, lobster, shrimp, etc...), Soft-shelled Crab, Catfish, Dover Sole, Red Snapper, Tilapia, Walleye, Sea Bass, Pan-fried Trout, Salmon with Lemon, Grouper / Swordfish, Monkfish, Ligurian Fish Soup
Sauces Vinaigrette
Herbs & Spices Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Basil, Cilantro, Coriander, Curry, Dill, Thyme

Awards and Accolades

  Name Vintage
Award Winner Silver - 2007 Decanter World Wine Awards 2007

Wine Terms

Name Value
New Zealand Although it makes just one-tenth the wine of neighboring Australia, this country’s production is increasing every year. Its white wines are generally unoaked with pronounced flavor, rich texture, and high acidity. The South Island’s renowned Sauvignon Blanc is so distinctive that it can be compared to asparagus, limes, grass, or passion fruit. This region also excels in intense Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Cabernet Sauvignon grows well on the North Island, yielding an intense, berry fruit. There the Pinot Noirs are rich and the Chardonnays are soft and ripe but well balanced.
Sauvignon Blanc Comes mostly from California, France, New Zealand, and South Africa. Its highly acidic wines are often suggestive of herbs or grass. Light to medium bodied and usually dry, European versions are generally not oaky while California Sauvignon Blanc can take on many of the qualities of Chardonnay. France has two classic wine regions for the Sauvignon Blanc gape: Bordeaux and the Loire Valley The Bordeaux wine is called Bordeaux Blanc and the two best known of the Loire wines are called Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé. In Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes blended with Sémillon.
Australia/New Zealand Besides producing Mel Gibson, this region can also produce some pretty intense wine. Australia has become the fourth largest wine export in the world. Australian labels are strictly labeled depending where the grapes where grown to make the wine. In New Zealand the sea moderates the weather producing cooler summers and milder winters. The effect of consistently cool nights is to produce fruit which is nearly always high in acidity.
Marlborough When the first growers planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there is evidence of plantings as early as 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of the first Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development. Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, has continued to fuel that regional wine boom.

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