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Just a few kilometres north of Lowburn, near the windswept shores of frigid Lake Dunstan, atop the parched and laborious terroirs of Central Otago, a high country merino stud between the Amisfield and Parkburn streams was sown to vineyards two decades ago. Grazing country makes magnificent viticulture, the austere alluvial and glacial schist soils now yield the quality of Pinot Noir which has defined Central Otago as the world's most demonstrable marque in full bodied, intensely complex, yet beguilingly seamless Pinot Noir. The challenging terraces which spiral around the fractious knolls of Amisfield Vineyard, sire a sensational range of wines defined by their affable excellence, sound structure and pristine, penetrating varietal fruit... Satiations from the nethermost regions»
There are fewer than twenty hectares of Stefano Lubiana vines, overlooking the spectacular tidal estuary of Derwent River. Chosen for its felicitious winegrowing aspects, it is a place of scrupulously clean soils, free of any pesticides or manufactured treatments. Insects are welcome here, they are mother nature's endorsement of a holistically biodynamic viticulture. Lubiana is a fifth generation winemaker, one of the apple isle's leading vignerons, he works to an arcane system of seasonal chronometers, governed by cosmic rhythms, the turning of leaves and angle of the moon. His wines are given full indulgence to make themselves. Ferments lie undisturbed and movements to barrel are led by gravity. A peerless expression of vintage, an orphic approach to the winemaker's art, a humbling eloquence of our southernmost.. Celestial wines from southern climes»
Giovanni Tait mastered the family tradition of coopering wine barrels before migrating to Australia in 1957. He took up work in the Barossa and ultimately settled in for a lengthy engagement at B Seppelts and Sons, where he played a significant role in the vinification and maturation of some of the most memorable vintages in Australian viticulture. Tait's boys grew up to be winemakers, their attention to detail and close relationship with the Barossa's finest growers have earned the highest accolades from the international wine industry press. Generously proportioned yet exquisitely balanced, famously praised, perennially by savant Robert Parker as the most consistently outstanding quality, exceptional value wines from Barossa Valley... Bespoke parcels of old vineyard fruit»

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
From fruit grown to Templar Vineyard in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, fully BioGro Certified. This low cropping site is managed with a focus on enhancing soil vitality to grow healthy and balanced vines, employing organic methods to work in complete harmony with nature. The most pristine grapes have been secured for Cellar Selection, the harvesting carried out with inscrutable timing to capture all the naturally juicy flavours. A fresh, fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc with lithe passionfruit, kiwi and citrus characters from nose, through palate to finish.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$281.00
Templar Vineyard occupies two gently sloping terraces above Awatere River, each picked to optimal flavour ripeness and processed separately to provide a number of blending options. All parcels spend time on skin contact to enhance the intensity, followed by a gentle press, cold settling and racking. Cool fermentations are employed to retain purity of flavour and aromatics. Upon completion, batches remain on yeast lees for several months to build richness and mouthfeel. Components are racked and assembled, gently fined, filtered and immediately bottled, preserving the purity of flavour, freshness and superb palate richness.
Vibrant, light straw colour. A beautifully intense and lively wine, overflowing with aromas of ripe gooseberry, melon and passionfruit with hints of grapefruit, nettles and lime. A pure expression of Marlborough, mouthfilling and juicy with vibrant fruit, fantastic mid palate richness and weight of fruit, finishing rich and racy with a crisp line of acidity and excellent length. A match to salmon, green beans and potato salad.
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