#NZSAVVY with Villa Maria Estate

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Unfortunately, I was unable to participate live in the Villa Maria Estate #NZSAVVY virtual tasting on Wednesday, June 18 due to a chiropractor’s appointment. Therefore, tonight, Friday, June 20, I decided to taste these wines. This is not the first time I have tried Villa Maria’s wines before. I reviewed samples in both 2012 and 2013 and was honored to taste these new vintages.

Villa Maria, founded in 1961 by George Fistonich, is known as New Zealand’s most awarded winery.

  • Named one of the World’s 50 Great Wine Producers (Wine Spectator)
  • Twice named as New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year(International Wine & Spirits Challenge UK)
  • George Fistonich named as one of the most prominent figures in the wine industry (Wine International Magazine UK)
  • George Fistonich awarded the title of Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merits, for his commitment to winemaking.
  • New World Winery of the Year (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

(Source: http://www.smwe.com/estates/details/villa_maria_new_zealand)

2014 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin, Marlborough, New Zealand, SRP $14.99
I was excited to try my first 2014 vintage wine. This Sauvignon Blanc was light straw in color and light bodied, with loads of lime and grapefruit on the nose and palate, and good acidity with a medium finish. It was more herbaceous than the 2013 reviewed below. As it warmed up, the passionfruit flavor came to life. This wine was lively, zesty, and very easy to drink.

Specifications:
Vineyards: Awatere and Wairu Valleys
Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 12.5%
pH: 3.20
Total Acidity: 7.4 g/l
Residual Sugar: 4.5 g/l

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection, Marlborough, New Zealand, SRP $19.99
This wine was also light straw in color, but with a fuller body than the 2014. The first adjective that came to mind when I tasted this wine was tangy. Passionfruit and melon are much more dominant than citrus and the mouthfeel is richer due to time spent on lees after fermentation. The lingering acidity on the long finish was impressive. I found this wine to be very bright on the palate and very approachable.

Specifications:
Vineyards: Awatere and Wairu Valleys
Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.25
Total Acidity: 7.4 g/l
Residual Sugar: 3.6 g/l

I am a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc, especially as a summer wine, and it’s that time of year in the Northern Hemisphere. Villa Maria is imported by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates so the wines should be fairly easy to find and they are affordable. You can begin your search here.

Cheers!
Beth

 

 


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