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VillaMaria CellarSelection Marlborough Riesling Late Harvest

Cellar Selection

Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling

375ml bottle. The wine displays aromas of lime and citrus blossom nuances underpinned by delicious honey and apricot overtones. The palate has a luscious concentrated core of sweetness showcasing grapefruit rind and honeysuckle notes together with a crisp acidity producing a harmonious and lengthy finish.

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Tasting Notes

The wine displays aromas of freshly roasted hazelnuts combined with fresh apricots. The palate has a mouth-filling concentrated core of sweetness, showcasing mandarin and beeswax notes together with a crisp acidity producing a persistent and lengthy finish. The secret to matching this type of wine to food
requires the dish to be no sweeter than the wine, for example, a superb match is citrus sorbet, or serve with cheese and dried fruit platter.

Download full tasting notes: 2015

Vineyards and Winemaking

The vines, grown on alluvial soils are managed specifically for this style of wine with special attention
paid to moderating crops, correct level of leaf exposure to achieve ripe flavours before dehydrating on the vine concentrating the sugars, flavours and acidities. Fruit was picked by hand through several vineyard passes which involved individually selecting and separating bunches ideally suited for the late harvest style. Macerating of bunches pre-pressing and a long fermentation in tank allowed the free run juice to retain its stone fruit and floral notes. Gentle fining and one careful filtration were promptly followed by bottling, locking in the characteristic flavours.

95 points - Pure, powerful and moderately sweet wine with peach, bush honey and ginger flavours. The wine has an ethereal texture and very lengthy finish. Enjoy well-chilled as an aperitif or match with moderately sweet dishes.

Bob Campbell MW


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