Villa Maria 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Cellar Selection, Marlborough
Named “One of the World’s 50 Great Wine Producers” by Wine Spectator and named “New World Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Villa Maria’s other claim to fame is that of New Zealand’s most awarded winery. Earning all of these esteemed accolades over a 55 year existence Villa Maria is obviously doing something right. Their vineyards in Marlborough turn out this 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit originates from the Awatere and Wairau valleys in Marlborough. Expert canopy management, including shoot thinning and leaf plucking, has ensured vine health, ideal vineyard flavors and clean, ripe fruit. The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night to ensure it arrived at the winery in pristine condition. Harvested at ultimate ripeness the select parcels of fruit are processed separately to provide the greatest number of options for this Cellar Selection blend. A pure expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with aromas of passionfruit, melon, citrus and fresh herbs. The palate is powerful and juicy, displaying vibrant grapefruit notes with ripe mid-palate weight, and lively integrated acidity that carries through to a zesty finish.