Villa Maria Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Marlborough
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£15.20 per bottle
161 in stock

Picture  'Best in Show' at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

97 Points - Decanter "With its fresh, sappy, crushed-spring-leaf aromas and limpid, long, vinous yet tender flavour profile, this is great Sauvignon from an outstanding site rather than one of the overt or flamboyant Marlborough Sauvignons that drinkers have become used to (and often bored by). It's charming too, with its whispered sweet-pea floral notes. Pretty and distracting enough to serve on its own on a warm afternoon, but with all the structure and sap to accompany food well, too. Marlborough is moving on. Drink 2019-2022."

‘There’s no denying Marlborough is an incredible global success story, but there is often an incorrect assumption that it’s a one-trick pony,’ says Villa Maria’s senior Marlborough winemaker, Helen Morrison. ‘Villa Maria has been at the forefront of defining sub-regions in New Zealand from the start,’ she says. ‘Two major sub-regions have been identified in Marlborough: Wairau Valley typically produces a tropical fruit spectrum, while Awatere Valley is colder and stonier.  To build on the sub-regional concept, distinct vineyards in the sub-regions were selected and our Single Vineyard wines were introduced into the range.’ ‘The cool stoniness of the Awatere Valley is reflected in the style of our Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc, on the northern bank of the Awatere River, sheltered from cool winds.  The 2018 has an elegance hardly matched, so we felt it was necessary to let this standout parcel speak for itself.  A patchwork of soils gives different structural elements, river stones add freshness and minerality, and deeper silts add fruit weight and depth of flavour.’

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97 Points - Decanter "With its fresh, sappy, crushed-spring-leaf aromas and limpid, long, vinous yet tender flavour profile, this is great Sauvignon from an outstanding site rather than one of the overt or flamboyant Marlborough Sauvignons that drinkers have become used to (and often bored by). It's charming too, with its whispered sweet-pea floral notes. Pretty and distracting enough to serve on its own on a warm afternoon, but with all the structure and sap to accompany food well, too. Marlborough is moving on. Drink 2019-2022."

‘There’s no denying Marlborough is an incredible global success story, but there is often an incorrect assumption that it’s a one-trick pony,’ says Villa Maria’s senior Marlborough winemaker, Helen Morrison. ‘Villa Maria has been at the forefront of defining sub-regions in New Zealand from the start,’ she says. ‘Two major sub-regions have been identified in Marlborough: Wairau Valley typically produces a tropical fruit spectrum, while Awatere Valley is colder and stonier.  To build on the sub-regional concept, distinct vineyards in the sub-regions were selected and our Single Vineyard wines were introduced into the range.’ ‘The cool stoniness of the Awatere Valley is reflected in the style of our Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc, on the northern bank of the Awatere River, sheltered from cool winds.  The 2018 has an elegance hardly matched, so we felt it was necessary to let this standout parcel speak for itself.  A patchwork of soils gives different structural elements, river stones add freshness and minerality, and deeper silts add fruit weight and depth of flavour.’

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

Zalto Universal Glass is recommended for richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends as well as young and non-vintage Champagne. The Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.

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At the northern most tip of the southern island is New Zealand’s most famous region, Marlborough. A region that pioneered an entirely new style of wine and new methods of production, championing stainless steel and temperature controlled fermentation, the Marlborough sauvignon, with its racing acidity, bright, vibrant gooseberry, passionfruit and elderflower aromas took the world by storm when it burst on to the scene.

Since then, Marlborough has managed to form a reputation that is not just based on one game changing grape variety, but has established its place on the world’s stage as a producer of not only premium sauvignon, but also of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and many others, for example, Blank Canvas Pinot Noir was awarded a staggering 97 points from Bob Campbell MW (a score rarely achieved for pinot outside of Burgundy.) Wairau Valley is an ancient river bed of gravelly soils that sits between two mountain ranges. Due to these mountains on either side, the Wairau Valley see’s less rain than the rest of Marlborough. These conditions lead to greater vine stress resulting in wines that show a level of fruit intensity and concentration rarely seen in a Sauvignon Blanc. Wairrau Valley Sauvignon’s are becoming some of New Zealands most sort after Sauvignons.

Based in Marlborough and releasing single vineyard wines from across the Wairrau Valley sub-region is Giesen. One vineyard of theirs in particular is possibly one of Marlborough’s most valued plots, Matthews Lane vineyard. Over one million cuttings from here have been taken and so many of Marlboroughs vines have originated from this tiny, single plot. Giesen’s The Fuder comes from Matthews Lane vineyard, the name coming from the enormous, 1000 litre Fuder barrels that the wine is aged in. One of Marlborough’s most regarded producers is Dog Point, the venture of Ivan Sutherland and James Healy of Cloudy Bay. Dog Point craft incredible wines, their Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc is a stand out, cult level example of this grape variety. Novum produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from specially selected parcels of single blocks from great vineyards to produce their wine and Churton produce exceptional Pinot Noir from a unique micro climate between the sub-regions of Waihopai and Omaka Valleys.

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