Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc may be one of the nation’s favourite whites, but I’m a little disappointed by many of the more commercial examples.
Yet my faith has been restored following a tasting of single vineyard and reserve bottlings from one of New Zealand’s best producers, Villa Maria.
I like the idea of single vineyard wines. Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Wairau Valley (Majestic £12.49 or £9.99 if you buy 2) has pungent grapefruit and gooseberry, but not the intensity of Villa Maria ‘Taylor Pass’ Vineyard 2011, Marlborough (Tesco £14.29) which offers passion fruit, citrus and a mouth-watering finish of zesty, fresh citrus fruit.
Villa Maria ‘Graham Vineyard’ 2011, Marlborough
From a vineyard in the Awatere Valley, this is sauvignon blanc with limes, lemongrass and tropical fruit.
Majestic £15.99, or £12.79 if you buy 2, Ocado £12.99