This powerful Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with a myriad of flavours including gooseberry, passionfruit, fresh citrus, melon and nettle - dominant herbaceous aromas. The wine has an enticing palate with layers of juicy flavors, intensity and concentration, finishing with a refreshing crisp, clean line of acidity. Serve with grilled seasonal vegtables with fresh seafood or grilled chicken.
"Yellow grapefruit, little minerality, floral, and fresh cut grass on the nose. The palate shows yellow grapfruit, lingering floral notes, long finish with a balance of lemon and lime zest."
Wine maker notes
Fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards across the Marlborough region in the Wairau and Awatere valleys spanning a range of different meso-climates. Careful attention was paid to vine health and cropping levels to give the vine the best chance to optimise the season and develop strong, clean flavours.
From a one-man band to a global brand in just 50 years
In 1961, at just 21 years of age, George leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and started off with just an acre of vines. He harvested his first grapes in 1962 and made his first wine under the name Villa Maria.
Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. He made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly.
Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.