Villa Maria Shows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Diversity

27-Nov-2014
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is globally recognised as a distinctive wine style, and despite what many critics and commentators say, it will remain a popular one for many years to come. The easy to understand and bold flavours allied to refreshing style make it accessible and immediately enjoyable in an unchallenging way. However, the leaders in our industry realise that the style must continue to perk the consumers’ interest, lest the style lose favour. The best producers are finding different ways to express the variety, not only as dry table wine, but as sparkling, low alcohol, barrel and winemaker influenced versions, as well as sweeter bottlings. Sub-regional styles as well as vineyard site characters are now being captured. Villa Maria is exploring all these alternatives knowing that the keen Sauvignon Blanc drinker is asking about the variety from Marlborough in the same way. Here, I review six different bottlings of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc by Villa Maria showing the diversity that is possible. Four of the wines are from the 2013 vintage, and they demonstrate the attractiveness that the variety can have with a little time in bottle. www.villamaria.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Clifford Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Wairau Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Templar’ ‘Organic’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Southern Clays’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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