Friday, September 18, 2015

Villa Maria Masterclass

Prior to this masterclass, Villa Maria has always been one of our favourite drinking Sauvignon Blancs, from Malborough, of course.  Of course, up till then, we only went for the most basic of the range, the Private Bin SB, which to my knowledge retails around RM90 or so a bottle.

The masterclass, organised by Asia Euro Wines, held at Samplings on the 14th, showcased 7 different types of Villa Maria Wines, which I of course, didn't know existed.  Of course, we'd have been much happier to attend the masterclass at the Winery itself....

Anyway, to be honest, most of the narrative here is quoted verbatim from the notes provided, as there is not much point in reinventing the wheel.

Mr Simon Fell, Winemaker of Villa Maria cellars conducts the masterclass.

We started with the Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc MARLBOROUGH 2014.  As I said this has always been our drinking wine, so it is a familiar one, and is crisp, floral and zesty.

The climate in Marlborough has high sunshine hours, but temperatures during the growing season are regulated by the cooling ocean influence. In 2014, all Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested between early March until mid April.
This particular wine hails from Wairau & Awatere valleys and is totally from SB grapes.

Next we had Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, MARLBOROUGH 2014

The epitome of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with aromas of passionfruit, and fresh herbs. The palate is powerful and juicy, displaying vibrant grapefruit notes . The 2014 can be stored until 2017.

The Awatere and Wairau valleys offer a variety of mesoclimates & different flavour profiles - essentially a 50% blend of the valleys, capturing the spectrum of Marlborough.

VARIETY: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc, MARLBOROUGH 2014

A classic Wairau Valley style bursting with the trademark ripe fruit characters found in this sub region. The nose displays pure and powerful aromas of peach, grapefruit, blackcurrant, and underlying fresh aromatic herbs like rosemary and lemon thyme. The palate is concentrated with an enticing array of gooseberry, melon and guava flavours, balanced by a fine thread of acidity, and a savoury refreshing finish.

Grapes are machine harvested at night so fruit is cool to retain aromatics and freshness, fruit is destemmed, crushed, and pressed before cold settling.

The fruit for this wine comes from a combination of vineyards with varying soils predominantly from the Southern Valley tributaries of the main Wairau Valley.

Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc MARLBOROUGH 2013

Lifted aromatics of gooseberry and passionfruit lead into a pure and concentrated palate with snow pea, nettles and subtle minerality. This classy Sauvignon Blanc showcases finely woven acidity and textured complexity providing a long lingering finish.

The picturesque Taylors Pass Vineyard is located on the meandering Awatere River in Marlborough.

Moving on to the reds,  Private Bin Pinot Noir MARLBOROUGH 2013

The perfumed aromas of red cherry and bright berry fruits - hallmarks of Marlborough Pinot Noir - abound on the nose, whilst on the palate the wine displays succulent fruit with complex spice, wild herb and savoury elements.

The 2013 vintage was warm and fruit was harvested in pristine conditions from the last week of March until late April. Due to the warm days, regular tasting in the Vineyard was ensured to capture the flavours at their peak.

Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, MARLBOROUGH 2013 which displays a fragrant bouquet of dried herbs, red cherries and subtle smoky notes. On the palate the wine is concentrated with juicy red berry fruit flavours, integrated acidity and fine grainy tannins.

The fruit for this wine originates from a diverse range of vineyard sites in both the Awatere and Wairau valleys in Marlborough. The 2013 vintage was warm and dry, although quite mild temperatures throughout the summer months resulted in pronounced aromatics and ripe tannins.


This outstanding Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit parcels from our single vineyard sites. Deep red hues lead to a perfumed bouquet of red and dark cherries, wild berry and subtle spicy notes on the nose. The wine displays intense purity with an elegant and refined palate displaying richness and generosity. The complex palate is layered and balanced, complemented by fine silky tannins encasing concentrated fruit characters, all hallmark traits of classic Pinot Noir. This wine will age gracefully and offer intrigue with bottle maturation.

The wine can be cellared till 2020. Just in time to celebrate when Malaysia achieves her developed nation status.

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Su Ling Lee
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Asiaeuro Wines & Spirits Sdn Bhd
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