Price:  £14.95 | Case Rate: £14.16
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Villa Maria - Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017/18


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Area: Awatere Valley
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

This wine is a great example of the exuberance and expressiveness of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a grape that is very new to the country but that has very quickly made internationally sought-after wines. It is a perfect, distinguished aperitif wine, and a party wine that will show your friends how much you love them. Fish and shellfish are a good match, as are salads with tangy dressings. Goats cheese, either on its own or in a salad, is a great combination (though most other cheeses don't go so well). In his Matching Food and Wine: Classic and Not So Classic Combinations, Michel Roux suggests a cold tomato and orange soup.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2013) VS: 90 (2015) JR: 16 (2014) WS: 87 (2013) JS: 93 (2013) WF: 91 (2014) BC: 94 (2014) RKP: 4.5 Stars (2014) MC: 5 Stars (2015) RC: 18.5 (2015) Misc: 93 Stars (2015) Misc: 90 Stars (2015)

Wine tasting notes

A classic Wairau Valley style bursting with the trademark ripe fruit characters found in this sub region. The nose displays pure and powerful aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, blackcurrant, and underlying subtle flinty tones. The palate is concentrated with an enticing array of ripe gooseberry and guava flavours, naturally complemented by a fine thread of acidity and a long finish.

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 (2013)89 pts #209. Oct 2013. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The 2013 Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc is intensely scented of fresh grapefruit, gooseberries and mown grass with a touch of struck match. Medium-bodied, it offers tons of citrus and herbal flavors in the mouth marked by a racy acid line and a long finish with the vegetal side coming through. Drink it now to 2016.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)90 pts

May 2016 - Stephen Tanzer - Pale, bright yellow. Pungent peppery lift to the aromas of lemon oil, fresh herbs and tropical fruit. Ripe nectarine, passion fruit and spice flavors convey a generous texture and enticing sweetness, but harmonious acidity gives the pliant middle palate good grip. An element of crushed herbs adds complexity. Finishes brisk and long, with an impression of salty extract. Excellent stuffing here: I like this style. (2014)16 pts

Tasted April 2015 - Still seems to have some pear-drop fermentation aroma. Lots of flavour up front and on the finish but slightly harsh. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2013)87 pts

Web Only 2014 - A fresh, green, mowed grass whiff gives way to a tangy, juicy chorus of lemon-lime, green apple and green papaya flavors. Intense, with a touch of gooseberry on the finish

James Suckling (2013)93 pts

A bold style that takes the genre up a gear and delivers a handy mix of balance and concentration, plenty of crisp, green apple and lime fruits, melon and bright, crunchy nectarine, and a long, flavorsome finish. Drink now.

Wine Front (2014)91 pts

Stone fruits, citrus, nettles is how the perfume goes down. Zingy to taste with a burst of mandarin-like acidity through the finish. Some slippery texture up front, almost creamy throughout, but the crisp fringes of acidity keep the wine in check. It’s a lovely drink here.

Bob Campbell MW (2014)94 pts

Concentrated, flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc in riper style with nectarine, passion fruit, red capsicum and subtle lime juice flavours. Weighty wine with appealing fruit sweetness and a very lengthy finish. Very impressive.

Ralph Kyte-Powell (2014)4.5 stars

New Zealand sauvignon blanc is everywhere and familiarity can breed contempt, at least in some wine drinking circles. A few hipsters may sneer, but the general public and the rest of the world embrace this wine type with great abandon. Villa Maria's Reserve Wairau Valley is a super-tangy, top-shelf drop that expresses the essence of the Marlborough sauvignon style perfectly. It offers passionfruit pavlova aroma, floral scents and herbaceous cut on the nose, leading through a ripe, succulent mouthful of crisp varietal purity and zesty acidity.

Michael Cooper (2015)5 stars

An authoritative wine, it is typically ripe and zingy, with impressive weight and length of flavour, and tends to be fuller in body, less herbaceous and rounder than its Clifford Bay stablemate (above). The contributing vineyards vary from vintage to vintage, but Peter and Deborah Jackson's warm, stony vineyard in the heart of the valley has long been a key source of grapes, and sometimes a small part of the blend is barrel-fermented, to enhance its complexity and texture. . The 2015 vintage (5*) is a powerful, mouthfilling wine, with excellent weight on the palate, strong, ripe passionfruit and lime flavours, and a dry (2.7 grams/litre of residual sugar), long finish.

Raymond Chan (2015)18.5 pts

Straw-yellow colour. This is soft and full on the nose, with broad and deep thiol passionfruit aromas. This has lovely richness. Dry, soft-textured, overt pungent passionfruit, the acidity soft, but the mouthfeel still lively. Sweet-fruited, lush, open and accessible. Impressive breadth and richness. Predominantly Southern Valleys fruit, cool-fermented to 13.0% alc.

Miscellaneous (2015)93 stars

Sue Courtney, Wine of the Week NZ - "Glossy lemon gold. Ravishingly pungent with the unmistakable aroma of this variety that is so famous in New Zealand – there's a lovely fumé (smoky) note to the bouquet with passionfruit, pineapple, tropical fruit and a herbaceous zing that carries through to the juicy palate where fleshy stonefruit joins the fruity array. Soft, almost oily in texture, finishing with a zesty mandarin zing and a lingering herbaceous pungency. This is really yummy SB in my opinion and many non SB drinkers in the room thought so too. Great stuff. "

Miscellaneous (2015)90 stars

Cuisine Magazine NZ - "Like most Villa Maria reserve sauvignons, this wine’s mouthfeel is a treat. Crisp acidity leads, but it comes cushioned in gentler textural layers. The flavour profile is a riot of fresh herbs, lime and stonefruit. Try it with warm smoked salmon and wasabi hollandaise. 4 Stars"

Vinification Notes

After receiving skin contact post crushing, the juice was pressed and went to tanks, where the fermentation took place. Subsequently to the fermentation, the wine remained in contact with the lees for two extra months for maturation, before it was then gently fined, filtered and bottled.