Villa Maria Estate, we meet again!

My pair of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc wines
My pair of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc wines

It’s rare that I write something prior to a Twitter virtual wine tasting, but as my schedule would have it, I am quite busy these next three weeks and I wanted to take advantage of a rare free evening to taste wine. I know, the sacrifices I make for you, my readers.

The virtual tasting for these wines will take place at 5:00pm Pacific Time Wednesday, June 24, 2015 via Twitter. I hope you will follow me, @travelwinechick, Alastair Maling (@alastairmaling), Elizabeth Schneider (@normalwine), @villamaria_wine, and winemaker Josh Hammond @hammond_josh. The hashtag is #NZSauvBlanc.

Villa Maria Estate wines and I are familiar friends, going back to at least 2012 when I tasted the 2011 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin. In 2013, I was again invited to taste the 2012 Villa Maria Estate Reserve Bin Sauvignon Blanc and the 2011 Villa Maria Estate Reserve Bin Pinot Noir. The third time was a charm in 2014, with the opportunity to taste the 2014 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin and 2013 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection. Now it’s my fourth year, so we might be more like family than just friends.

I feel confident in telling you that Villa Maria Estate wines are consistently good and are a great value, coming in at under $20 USD each. It’s also cool to be one of the first people every year to taste the current year’s vintage, since harvest in New Zealand just took place.  In fact, I heard that the 2015 I have to share with you may not be the final product, so that’s even more fun. In last year’s post, I shared with you a bit about Villa Maria’s history and awards, so let’s taste!

Side-by-side tasting of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
Side-by-side tasting of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin, Marlborough, New Zealand
This Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw in color, clear, and crisp. It possesses a trifecta of qualities – herbal, herbaceous, and citrusy – accompanied by tropical nuance. I’m particularly fond of the tangy grapefruit and lime coupled with melon and passionfruit. This wine is very young, very green, with regard to herbaceousness and fruit, and I mean that in a good way. By the way, Villa Maria, you had me at zesty acidity. I could drink this all day. In fact, I may just do that.

Specifications:
Vineyards: Awatere and Wairu Valleys
Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13.0%
pH: 3.30
Total Acidity: 7.0 g/l
Residual Sugar: 4.0 g/l

2014 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection, Marlborough, New Zealand
This wine is also pale straw in color, but has a richer mouthfeel and texture due to extended time spent on lees. Tropical fruits such as melon and especially passionfruit dominate the nose and palate, while citrus and herbs play a supporting role. I find that this wine shows a little more elegance and restraint, with a nice balance of acidity and roundness, and quite a long finish. Allow this wine to warm up to exhibit layers of flavor. I will drink this all day, too. So there.

Specifications:
Vineyards: Awatere and Wairu Valleys
Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.25
Total Acidity: 6.8 g/l
Residual Sugar: 3.3 g/l

I hope after reading my reviews and those of others, you will consider adding Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc to your shopping list. In addition, please enter the sweepstakes to Win a Trip to NZ!

Happy sipping!
Beth

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this wine free from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Villa Maria as part of their First to Sip Twitter Tasting. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

 


2 thoughts on “Villa Maria Estate, we meet again!

  1. Herbs, greenery and citrus sounds mighty fine to me! That 2015 may even tempt this “oaked only” savvy b drinker.

    I’d like to invite you to share your posts on my #WINENOT Wine Lover’s Linky Party over on my blog!

    Cheers,

    Louise @ WillungaWino.com

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