Price:  £16.40 | Case Rate: £16.40
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Villa Maria - Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Area: Awatere Valley
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 87 (2016) VS: 89 (2015) JR: 15.5 (2015) WS: 90 (2016) JS: 92 (2012) WE: 91 (2015) WF: 88 (2014) BC: 91 (2014) MC: 5 Stars (2016) RC: 17.5 (2014) NM: 91 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

A pure expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, overflowing with aromas of passionfruit, citrus, lime and gooseberry. The wine is concentrated and juicy displaying vibrant grapefruit and nettle notes with fantastic mid-palate weight, finishing with a crisp line of acidity.

Winery Information

Villa Maria

It is not easy to tell your Dad that you are quitting a career in carpentry to try your hand at making wine. But in 1961, at the age of 21, that's exactly what Sir George Fistonich did. He leased five acres of land from his father, planted one acre with grapes and started making wine under the name 'Villa Maria' which he chose because his friends thought it sounded European. Since those first cuttings took hold in the soil out in Mangere, near Auckland, Sir George has been determined to be at.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)87 pts

Dec 2016 - Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection Marlborough has gooseberries, fresh grass and lemon curd notes with a hint of wild thyme. Medium-bodied, lively, youthful, pure and uncomplicated, it does the Marlborough Sauvignon job!

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)89 pts

Light, bright yellow. Yellow stone fruits, grapefruit and a hint of gooseberry on the nose. Supple, spicy and easygoing but with an edge of acidity giving shape to the plush middle palate. Doesn't have quite the energy or dusty minerality of the winery's reserve Sauvignons from this vintage, but very good for its price range. -- Stephen Tanzer (2015)15.5 pts

Fresh and lively on the nose without being too pungent. Ripe and sweet-tasting on the palate - though it is apparently usually around 3 g/l RS - with intense citrus flavours and a slightly candied finish.

Wine Spectator (2016)90 pts

Key lime pie, peach and peppery floral notes are exuberant, with the intensity reaching a crescendo on the finish. Drink now.

James Suckling (2012)92 pts

Clean, mineral, stony citrus fruits on the nose here with a gentle wash of gooseberry and a dab of cream. Grassy and textured on the palate with passionfruit and papaya showing the wares and a great line of vibrant acidity. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)91 pts

Round and ample in the mouth, this medium-full-bodied wine combines green notes of cut grass and snap pea with ripe stone fruit, then ends crisp and grapefruity. It's a fine example of Marlborough Sauvignon that's widely available and well priced.

Wine Front (2014)88 pts

Very overt scents of herbs, grass, snow peas with a whiff of passionfruit and tropical things. Juicy, sweet-feeling with slick of oily texture finishing long and clingy. Very typical flavours, with a touch of chalkiness for interest. Mouthwatering to close. Pretty good actually.

Bob Campbell MW (2014)91 pts

Crisp and fairly “green” style Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, grapefruit, green apple and capsicum flavours together with a suggestion of nutty yeast lees character. The wine has an attractive texture - moderately rich and with good weight.

Michael Cooper (2016)5 stars

An intensely flavoured wine, typically of a high standard, blended from Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley grapes. The striking 2016 vintage (5*) is ripely scented, weighty and punchy, with deliciously rich, tropical-fruit flavours, a hint of 'sweat', and lovely vibrancy, harmony and length. Appetisingly crisp and dry (3.7 grams/litre of residual sugar), it offers top quality and irresistible value.

Raymond Chan (2014)17.5 pts

Fruit from different sites, approx. an equal blend of Awatere and Wairau Valleys, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.3 g/L RS. Bright, even, pale straw colour, lighter edged. This has a light and elegant nose with subtle aromas of cut grass, nettles, gooseberries along with passionfruit nuances. Fresh herbs, minerals and white florals unfold with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-light bodied, gently succulent flavours of gooseberry fruit and cut grass are harmoniously melded on a soft-textured, smooth-flowing palate. This has good linearity, with gentle lacy acidity, and a little alcohol drive showing, carrying the wine to a fine and even finish. This is an elegantly soft, smooth and harmonious Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and grassy flavours. Serve as an aperitif, with salads and vegetables, and fine Asian fare over the next 2 years

Natalie McLean (2016)91 pts

Another delicious, mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc from Villa Maria! This is classic Marlborough SB, with aromas of freshly cut grass and herbs. The 2015 was one of the strongest in history for the region and it shows in this wine. Pair pan-friesh white fish.

Vinification Notes

Each vineyard was harvested at optimum ripeness and processed separately to provide the greatest number of blending options. A proportion of the vineyard parcels received skin contact in the winery to maximise the intensity of flavours, before the fruit was gently pressed, cold settled and racked for fermentation. Cool fermentation techniques were employed to retain flavour and aromatics. After fermentation the wines remained on yeast lees for several weeks to build mouth-feel. The wines were then racked to be blended, gently fined, filtered and immediately bottled, capturing flavour freshness and richness.