Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc (2018)

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 youthful 2018 vintage (5*) was handled entirely in tanks. Weighty and fleshy, it is deliciously concentrated, with well-ripened tropical-fruit flavours, fresh, dry (3.3 grams/litre of residual sugar) and lasting.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2018
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $28 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: V+

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2019

This wine is a Classic.

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