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Villa Maria - Reserve Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Clifford Bay 2018/19


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Area: Awatere Valley
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Video Food Matching

Food Matching

This wine is a great example of the exuberance and expressiveness of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a grape that is very new to the country but that has very quickly made internationally sought-after wines. It is a perfect, distinguished aperitif wine, and a party wine that will show your friends how much you love them. Fish and shellfish are a good match, as are salads with tangy dressings. Goats cheese, either on its own or in a salad, is a great combination (though most other cheeses don't go so well). In his Matching Food and Wine: Classic and Not So Classic Combinations, Michel Roux suggests a cold tomato and orange soup.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2017) VS: 90 (2015) JR: 16 (2016) JS: 93 (2013) WF: 92 (2014) BC: 95 (2013) MC: 4.5 Stars (2015) RC: 19 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Clifford Bay’s cooling influence has an intensifying effect upon varietal flavours of the particular vineyards selected for this blend. The majority of the individual parcels are located at the eastern end of the Awatere Valley. The Reserve is a pure example of concentrated and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc displaying powerful aromas of currants, snow pea, and fresh lime threaded with exotic notes. An explosive, concentrated palate gives way to a long mineral and steely finish with fine acidity.

Winery Information

Villa Maria

It is not easy to tell your Dad that you are quitting a career in carpentry to try your hand at making wine. But in 1961, at the age of 21, that's exactly what Sir George Fistonich did. He leased five acres of land from his father, planted one acre with grapes and started making wine under the name 'Villa Maria' which he chose because his friends thought it sounded European. Since those first cuttings took hold in the soil out in Mangere, near Auckland, Sir George has been determined to be at.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2017)91 pts

Showing lots of cut grass and tropical, passion fruit aromas, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Clifford Bay - Awatere Valley is a medium-bodied wine with an intense grapefruit edge. Of the two Reserve Sauvignons, it's the more linear and chiseled.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)90 pts

May 2016 - Very pale straw-yellow. Pungent peppery, grassy lift to the aromas of lemon, lime and white stone fruits. Then surprisingly sweet on the palate, showcasing the ripeness of the vintage. Lipsmacking salinity gives a chewy quality to the fruit. Much cooler and more herbal than the Wairau Valley Reserve but this is more classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to my palate. -- Stephen Tanzer (2016)16 pts

Tasted Nov 2016 - Extremely marked mange-tout and pea pod. Capsicum too. All those flavours on the palate and tastes reasonably dry. Much better value and balance than the Cellar Selection in this very definite capsicum style. (JH)

James Suckling (2013)93 pts

An elegant, smooth sauvignon that has an almost creamy texture and wraps melon and tropical fruits together nicely. Very supple, with white-peach and melon flavor, handy balance and discreet length. Stylish. Drink now.

Wine Front (2014)92 pts

Tutti-fruitti perfume with tropical fruits, candied citrus and candy cane like mint notes plus some grassy, herbal bits too. Complex kind of perfume. Lime tang and some herbal things going on in the palate too. Kind of smooth flow to the wine, almost ‘pre-Fume’ in style, showing some added complexity and interest in texture and flavours. Cool booze.

Bob Campbell MW (2013)95 pts

Pure and powerful wine with grapefruit, gooseberry, green capsicum, lemon grass and a hint of nettle. The wine gives a hint of sweetness on the initial impression then a long, bone-dry and mouth-tingling finish. Silken-textured with great mouth feel.

Michael Cooper (2015)4.5 stars

Grown in the Awatere Valley (although the label refers only to 'Clifford Bay', into which the Awatere River empties), this is a very classy Marlborough wine. Seddon Vineyards and the Taylors Pass Vineyard – both managed but not owned by Villa Maria – are the key sources of fruit. Handled entirely in stainless steel tanks and aged on its light yeast lees for several months, the wine typically exhibits the leap-out-of-the-glass fragrance and zingy, explosive flavour of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at its best. The 2015 vintage (4.5*) is full-flavoured, with fresh, crisp tropical-fruit characters to the fore, a herbaceous undercurrent, minerally notes, and excellent balance and length

Raymond Chan (2015)19 pts

Pale straw colour. Very fresh and tightly bound on nose. Cut grass, fresh herbs, citrus fruits, refreshing intensity and cut. Classical Awatere. Beautifully pure, fresh, tight, with bright, cutting acidity and zestiness. Gooseberries, nettles, herbs and cut grass. Mouthwatering minerality, and fine, dry textured finish

Vinification Notes

Hand harvested bunches were destemmed and crushed. For maturation, the juice was then left on the lees for two months until it was racked to ferment in a tank. Subsequently, the resulting wine was gently fined out and filtered before bottling.