Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018
THE VERY EXPERIENCED and talented team at Villa Maria Wines have been producing this wine for many vintages. Ably lead by Group Chief Winemaker Nick Picone, they are experts at selecting vineyard sites and crafting wines to showcase the best from them. Sauvignon blanc can be produced in many ways from single vineyard expressions to the use of various techniques such as increased contact with the skins or fermentation of a portion in barrel. This wine demonstrates that simple can often be best.
SIMPLE IS BEST
Nick explains that their philosophy with this wine is to choose the very best sites to reflect the characters of the Wairau Valley and to preserve the integrity of the fruit with careful and respectful winemaking. He is being typically modest as to truly pull off the ‘simple is best’ technique you need to be masterful with your viticulture, your winery techniques and above all be very skilled at blending the components in perfect proportions. Bravo team Villa, you have delivered yet another beautiful sauvignon blanc. This very generous wine exemplifies the punch and vibrancy of New Zealand sauvignon at its best. Fragrances of ripe passionfruit and snow peas are balanced with flavours of ripe citrus and stone fruits. The texture and weight of the palate is very classy with the finish framed with a blend of salinity and fresh acidity.