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Sir George Fistonich, Founder and President, standing holding a glass of red wine, in front of a Villa Maria winery sign outside the winery

Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Marlborough
  • 75cl bottle

A classic representation of Sauvignon Blanc from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, bursting with aromatic tropical fruit characters found in this warmer sub-region. The 2019 Wairau Valley Reserve wine displays powerful aromas of blackcurrant, passionfruit and guava. The palate has an enticing array of ripe citrus fruits mixed with pungent herbs such as fresh rosemary, finishing with a fresh zesty acidity.

Vineyards

The later ripening due to elevation and cooler night temperatures of the Laugeson vineyard in the upper Waihoipai valley played a key part of the success of this block in 2018, contributing the boxwood greener thiol flavour spectrum. Whereas the free draining soils, older vines and open canopies from the earlier ripening Omaka Valley sub-region the classic ripe tropical notes.

Vintage

Fruit set in the cool spring weather was lower than usual, resulting in the development of open bunches with small flavourful berries. From January onwards, Marlborough experienced a summer of the century, with a spell of long hot dry weather with moderately cool nights providing the perfect environment to ensure physiological and flavour ripeness whilst retaining freshness.

Winemaking

100% stainless steel fermentation at cool temperatures to further enhance aromatics. Carefully monitored time on yeast lees to build texture and palate weight

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Salads and Picnics
A great match to fresh vegetarian dishes