Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
It is remarkable what passion and strength of one man alone can achieve; New Zealand’s Villa Maria winery is a tale of one such man’s drive to something extraordinary. Sir George Fistonich’s winery started in the 1960s when he leased 5 acre land in Aukland from his father. He and his wife would source their grapes from the locals to make dry red and white wines and slowly the business grew to a 5 decade long journey with 4 estates (Auckland, Gisborne, Marlborough and Hawkes Bay), 250 employees and export market of 50 nations.
As a family owned winery, Villa Maria has a strong focus on sustainability and environment. They became part of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand in 1995. They have an ISO 14001 certification, apart from which the winery has won many accolades for its work towards environment and sustainability. It was also part of their sustainability drive they completely moved away from cork closures and opted for 100% screwcaps in 2001. Fistonich was knighted for his work in the development and growth of New Zealand’s wine industry in 2009.
True to all New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs Villa Maria’s wine lives upto the zesty brightness. This one is their Cellar Selection from Marlborough region.
Nose: There is an unmistakable waft of citrus on the nose which is the defining element of this wine. Fresh kaffir lime and gooseberry are the key notes. The freshness of the citrus along with herbaceous notes is typical to the New Zealand style of Sauvignon Blanc and Villa Maria gets that to the tee.
Palate: Freshness of palate is complimentary with the nose. The citrus notes make themselves evident on the palate as well. The wine has a good body and structure which comes across on the mid-palate. It is still an easy drinking wine with the quintessential New Zealand style of acidity.