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					                                                  Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2007
                                                                                       Marlborough



           GRAPES
       Chardonnay

           REGION
       Marlborough

ALCOHOL BY VOLUME
              14%

                pH
               3.37

    TOTAL ACIDITY
            6.0g/l

   RESIDUAL SUGAR
             1.4g/l         VINEYARDS                                                         WINEMAKING
                            Sourced from a selection of vineyards                             Hand harvested and whole bunched pressed, the
                            mostly located in the Wairau Valley of                            free-run and the lightest pressings were
                            Marlborough, these vineyards are managed                          transferred straight to oak barriques with full
                            intently to ensure that a good concentration                      solids for fermentation. A small percentage of
                            and ripeness are achieved. Low yields along                       barriques were allowed to begin fermentation
                            with timely leaf plucking and restricted                          naturally while the remainder of the barriques
                            irrigation practices are utilised. The variety                    were inoculated with specific chardonnay yeasts.
                            of soil types across the Wairau Valley                            Fermented between 15 and 18°C the wine was
                            provides for a wide spectrum of chardonnay                        allowed to ferment to dryness before being lees
                            intensities and flavours. The gravely and                         stirred for 4 months while undergoing malolactic
                            free draining soils produce chardonnay fruit                      fermentation. After 9 months in barriques on
                            displaying ripe fig and stonefruit characters.                    yeast lees the wine was lightly fined, filtered and
                            While the deeper silt and clay soils are                          bottled.
                            slower ripening, holding more acidity and
                            produce wines with more citrus and lime                           WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS
                            notes.                                                            Displaying a lifted lime and citrus lemon bouquet
                                                                                              with hints of complex cashew and oatmeal notes.
                            VINTAGE                                                           This wine has richness on the palate but shows its
                            The 2007 Marlborough vintage was                                  Marlborough origin with lovely refinement and
                            characterised by fine and dry conditions.                         balance.
                            The accumulated growing degree-days were
                            around the long-term average, resulting in                        A wonderful match with white fish in herbed
                            slow and even ripening.                                           butter, garlic mussels and various chicken dishes.




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