First taste of the 2013 vintage

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough
Rachel Roddy

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The first New Zealand 2013 Sauvignon Blancs have just started to arrive on the shelves and this is a stellar vintage.

It may be one of the best ever.

‘An outstanding New Zealand summer provided near perfect conditions for growing grapes across the country,’ says Philip Gregan, chief executive officer of New Zealand Winegrowers.

It seems as exports continue to grow that New Zealand has been lucky with three good vintages in a row.

I really enjoyed Vidal Pinot Gris 2012, East Coast (nzhouseofwine.co.uk, £11.99 or currently buy two for £9.99 each) with a chicken caesar salad this week.

It has spiced pear and quince, and a touch of smokiness. This is followed by a lovely textured palate and a soft dry finish which really holds your interest.

TOP TIPPLE: Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

Just arrived, this is quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Passion fruit and citrus fill your glass and the palate is more of the same – full of juicy, concentrated fruit with enough zesty acidity to carry it through.

A perfect summer aperitif on its own or try it with some goat’s cheese and roasted vegetables.

£10.99, widely available.