International Sauvignon Blanc Day on 4th May

Here are three definitive wines to celebrate the day from Villa Maria’s New Zealand wineries

Villa Maria is New Zealand’s most awarded winery and has for over 30 years been proudly family-owned. The company was founded by Sir George Fistonich as a one man band and through hard work and dedication now employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.

With International Sauvignon Blanc Day imminent here are three Sauvignon Blancs from Villa Maria to enjoy on 4th May or on any other day of the year

Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2017

A pure expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with aromas of passion fruit, melon and fresh herbs accompanied by a powerful and juicy palate.

Editor’s Notes: The exotic aromas of tropical fruits in the bouquet are carried onto the palate and are joined by herbal notes and bright, vibrant acidity. The finish is uplifting and long lasting. You can drink this on its own or pair it with fresh seafood.

Available from Majestic Wine, The New Zealand House of Wine, Margiotta, Village Wines and Holborns with an RRP of £13.85

Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This is a classic example of a concentrated and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc, displaying powerful aromas of blackcurrants, wild nettles and fresh grapefruit. A flavour explosion on the palate with fresh rosemary and thyme and subtle juicy rock melon with a refreshing mineral, flinty finish.

Editor’s Notes: This wine is the definitive answer as to why the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand have become universally popular. I spotted gooseberries and citrus tones on the nose. In the mouth there are good vegetal flavours of herbs, nettles and peppers. The acidity is well balanced and the finish is clean and fruity. The wine’s minerality makes it the perfect match for oysters and it would also work well with pates and charcuterie.

Available from Sainbury’s, The New Zealand House of Wine and Eagle Wines with an RRP of £15.95

Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This vibrant and crisp wine really captures the essence of Marlborough with aromas of lime and fresh herbs and juicy acidity on the palate.

Available from Majestic Wine, Wine Rack, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrison’s, The Coop, Asda and Waitrose with an RRP of £11.85