Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020


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Marlborough, New Zealand
89 points


Taylors Pass Vineyard lies in the Awatere Valley which runs parallel and to the south of the Wairau Valley. Grapes ripen more slowly here being generally cooler and more exposed to prevailing winds leading to incredibly intense flavour development and differentiation in expression even between vineyard sites. Grown and harvested in close proximity to the Awatere River the wine echoes its character in the glass with a chalky, almost flinty mineral texture reminiscent of the wet river stones that lie nearby. The cool characteristics of this Awatere Valley site shine through with a sweet and sour tension in bright, concentrated flavours of jalapeño and lemongrass with a punchy finish of lime zest carrying itself through to a lengthy finish on the palate. This extraordinary wine truly expresses its tūrangawaewae or its sense of place and is a great place to start if exploring Single Vineyard expressions of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


89 points
Wine Enthusiast

Green grass, tomato stem, and bell pepper aromas all take the lead, followed by citrus and passion fruit. Things improve on the palate, where a talc texture nicely juxtaposes a crunchy lift of acidity. There's bright fruit alongside summer salad veg and a long finish. Despite what feels like a lot of winemaking, this would make a solid choice for the summertime dinner table.


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Serving Temp.
7-8 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2029
Food pairing
Fresh seafood, such as sautéed scallops or seared snapper, accompanied by a fresh side salad of fresh rocket, goat cheese and melon.

Tasting Profile

The 2020 Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc has lifted aromatics of fresh garden peas and blackcurrants mingled with herbs such as coriander.
On the palate are concentrated flavours of jalapeño and lemongrass, with a punchy finish of lime zest and a hint of gunflint. A key point of interest in this wine is the chalky texture reminiscent of wet river stones.

Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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