Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2020
"...concentrated, vibrant passionfruit/lime flavours and a crisp, dry, long finish. As usual, a great buy."Michael Cooper
Villa Maria's Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc is an intense infusion of tropical fruit.
Grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau valleys of Marlborough. After fermentation the wines remained on the lees for several months to build texture. Villa Maria's Cellar Selection wines are Villa Marias Cellar Selection range of wines are extremely food-friendly, from lower grape yields, which encourages more concentrated flavours and a richer style of wine.
Under owner Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria has grown from a one-man band to an icon of the New Zealand wine industry. George started growing vines at the tender age of 21 and made his first wine back in 1962 under the name Villa Maria, with grapes he harvested from a five acre block he leased from his father in Mangere, Auckland. George, supported by his wife, Gail, continued to make wine himself in the 1960s, before expanding in the 1970s. Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff, grows 28 different grape varieties, and exports wine to over 60 countries worldwide.
"An intensely flavoured wine, typically of a high standard, blended from Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley grapes, and fermented and lees-aged in tanks. The 2019 vintage (4.5*) is ripely scented and weighty, with concentrated, vibrant passionfruit/lime flavours and a crisp, dry (3.5 grams/litre of residual sugar), long finish. As usual, a great buy."Michael Cooper
4.5 STARS - Michael Cooper
Bursting with aromas of passionfruit, melon and wild nettle. Powerful and juicy mouthfeel, displaying vibrant grapefruit notes, great weight and vibrant, integrated acidity.