Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Marlborough)
Behind some lively aromatic ‘green’ pyrotechnics (coriander, lime zest), sits a wine of substance. “There’s weight and length to the palate,” noted Ben Glover. Typically (for a Villa Reserve sauvignon), soft yet focused acidity underpins a brilliant array of flavours – lime cordial,
sage, briny seashell notes, with a dab of sweetness providing extra colour. There’s bigness here, but presented in a delicate package. Try it with a salmon gravlax.