Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc (2021)

An authoritative wine, it is typically ripe and zingy, with impressive weight and length of flavour, and tends to be fuller in body, less herbaceous and rounder than its Clifford Bay stablemate (above). The contributing vineyards vary from vintage to vintage, but Peter and Deborah Jackson's warm, stony vineyard in the heart of the valley has long been a key source of grapes, and sometimes a small part of the blend is barrel-fermented, to enhance its complexity and texture. The 2021 vintage (5*) is still very youthful. Pale lemon/green, it is weighty and sweet-fruited, with strong, ripe, passionfruit/lime flavours, balanced acidity, and a dry, lasting finish. Best drinking mid-2022+.

Details

Type: White Wines
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2021
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $26 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: V+

This wine is a Classic.

When to drink: 2022

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 20 – 22
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 21
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed February 2022

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