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(2020) Clear, clean, elderflower and a touch of grapefruit, a tiny proportion barrel-fermented. A textural uplift, super sweet fruit and the long, extended lemon and lime zestiness.
(2020) Very clean, very fresh, a real punch of zestiness, a bit of stone Fruit, develops a bit of nice weight on the palate, not oily, but just a fairly substantial weight, and long, shimmering finish. Bone dry feeling in the finish. No UK retail stockists at time of review
(2020) From this warm vintage, a more tropical style. Gentle capsicum, and the fruit is passion fruit and a touch of fat lemon and lemon rind. Sweet, ripe and delicious nectarine, a ripe orange acidity. Lovely balance. Price and stockist is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Pale, cool, orchard fruit notes, subtle, clean. The palate has lightness and clarity to spare, a tinge of green to the fruit and great freshness. Not in UK retail at time of review.
(2020) From the Awatere Valley, quite a tanky pear aroma, pear drop, the punchy flavours are all there, a nice bit of texture, lovely flavour but needs a bit of time to settle down. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Organically farmed. A little more stony, passion fruity, maybe that 2018 touch of dilution, but there is intensity of tropical fruit on the palate and good balance. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Ripe pear and passion fruit, lots of pear juice clarity and good acidity, lots of pear and a touch of sugar to sweeten. Price and stockist for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2019) Though I strenuously avoid 'tall poppy syndrom' - taking a swipe at a best-selling wine, just because it is best-selling - there is still a tendency to overlook big selling brands and wines that appear to be consistent vintage after vintage, in favour of always seeking something new. Villa Maria are synoymous with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and produce a number of different cuvées, so they do tend to the ubiquitous: it's rare to visit a major retailer and not see at least one of their wines on the shelves - and often at a promotional price. So how to honestly assess this vintage of the Cellar Selection SB?  It's really very good: more in the tropical and ripe spectrum than out-and-out herbaceous, yet there is enough elderflower and pea-shoot character to pin-point its roots precisely. In the mouth the sweet, ripe fruit sits atop grapefruity acidity that is tangy and juicy, the wine has a bit of texture and mouthfeel too giving a sense of richness, and it is intense and vibrant. A model Marlborough Sauvignon, with style. £10.99 as part of a mixed six at Majestic. Watch the video for more information.
(2017) The reserve has a higher percentage of Awatre fruit, and comes from the best vineyards, "and the same plots every year," according to Hugh. A rich, figgy character, with more orange and more of an asparagus lift, but a lovely racing palate, loads of lime and citrus Awatare purity and zip.
(2015) Marlborough Sauvignon prices may be softening a little I suspect, which they've done before in times of big harvests and global supply and demand. Though this has a single bottle price of £11.99, I've no doubt it's current 'any mixed six' price of £8.99 is exactly what Majestic intended to sell it for from day one - but at that it is a bit of a bargain. Totally classic, flint and green bean, hints of lychee and mango, and that elderflower hit of pungency. Very nicely done on the palate, with fresh, mountain-stream clarity with no residual sugar to speak of and a dry lemon pith and grapefruit finish. Note the £8.99 price is also available on single bottles in Scottish branches of Majestic due to different licensing laws north of the border. Watch the video for my full review.
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