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Villa Maria RES Marlborough Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc NV


Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc

A classic representation of Sauvignon Blanc from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, bursting with aromatic tropical fruit characters found in this warmer sub-region.

Tasting Notes

This wine displays powerful aromas of blackcurrant and passionfruit. The palate has an enticing array of ripe citrus fruits mixed with pungent herbs such as fresh rosemary, finishing with subtle acidity.

Download full tasting notes: 20222021

Vineyards and Winemaking

Maxwell and Rutherford Vineyards play a key part of this wine contributing the pungent ripe passionfruit aroma's and tropical fruit flavours, whereas the Myersdale vineyard in the Lower Wairau Valley adds freshness and greener thiols, such as boxwood.

Soils And Viticulture

The Marlborough growing season started off well with very little frost pressure during spring. Flowering went without a glitch, due healthy soil moisture levels the canopies looked lush and vibrant. The start of 2022 summer was slightly colder; February was below the long-term average in temperature however the weather settled with a slightly damp autumn.

The tropical-scented 2019 Wairau Valley Reserve Sauvignon Blanc clearly shows the differences between this, the main valley in Marlborough, and the overtly green Awatere character found in the Clifford Bay Reserve. This is all passion fruit and guava, a medium to full-bodied wine that offers a ripe, round feel in the mouth, no hard edges, and a long, luxurious finish. 93 points.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast


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