2018 Villa Maria "Taylor's Pass" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Elsewhere $25) SKU #1424731

Price: $19.99

DC 97 JS 94 RP 91
WE 90 WS 90
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  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    K&L Staff Member
    This is not just another sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. I've had my fair share of tasting sauvignon blanc from NZ and have to say that the Villa Maria Taylor's Pass is a stand out. I get aromatics of stone fruit and white flowers with a hint of guava finishing with good balanced acid, grapefruit zest, salinity undertones, fresh and clean. This wine is bound to please any discerning palate!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    So just about everyone in the wine world knows that New Zealand makes some downright delicious Sauvignon Blanc (among many other things). However this brilliant bottling from Villa Maria is compelling evidence that they make world-class Sauv Blanc that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the very best of Sancerre and alike. The 2018 Taylor's Pass combines NZ's unrivaled ability to produce explosively aromatic, fresh, zesty expressions of this grape with intense minerality, palate presence, length and complexity. This is not just a simple fruity wine, it has layers of citrus, feijoa, kumquat, key lime, bread crust, stony minerals, salt, cilantro. It's fascinating, electric, dynamic wine that people need to taste.
    Top Value!
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Perched on a sequence of terraces above the Awatere river, Taylor’s Pass Vineyard is an exceptional site for Sauvignon Blanc, sheltered from cooler easterly winds and planted on gravelly soils. The 2018 is one of the most strikingly aromatic Sauvignon Blancs I have ever had. Ripe Papaya and guava notes abound among hints of white pepper. There’s aromatic richness here that is flat-out off the charts. The palate follows up equally with big fruit and well balanced acidity. Elderflower liqueur, preserved pineapple, and a breathtaking mineral finish. What makes this wine truly stand out is not that it tastes different from Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, it's that it manages to turn the volume up to 11 while maintaining balance. Possibly the best Sauvignon Blanc I’ve had this year?
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Reaching way beyond the "cheap and cheerful" designation of Marlborough Sauv Blanc, the Villa Maria has real class and elegance in its bottle. From nose to pallet, this delightful white has aromas and flavors of white peach, Kaffir lime leaf and fresh lemon grass. The finish is long and intense and gives the suggestion that this has a good long life ahead of it. There's no reason not to forget a couple of bottles for discovery in a year or two but mine's chilled and ready to go.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine caught my attention immediately. I was expecting more of the classic jalapeno-laden, kiwi character that one finds regularly in New Zealand. This wine was a revelation--the nose was so much deeper, more complex, savory, and saline, and couldn't be pigeon-holed, as new aromatics emerged with every swirl. On the palate the wine shows decisive richness, supple power that gave one the sense of Chardonnay weight, but with a complex array of Loire-like flavors. It reminded me of Francois Cotat Sancerre, it had that kind of allure. The finish was long, persistent, and very complex. I'm going to buy this myself.


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