David Lawrason’s Weekly Wine Pick: a refined take on New Zealand’s signature white grape
Villa Maria 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
$15.95 | Marlborough | 91 points
One the great buys at the LCBO seems to get better every year, striking a calmer, more refined approach to New Zealand’s signature grape.
The taste: The 2011 has a piquant, lifted nose of nettles, celery, dill, orange-grapefruit citrus and passion fruit—like a tropical fruit and citrus salad. It’s generous, intense and fresh, with just the right sweet-and-sour balance, a touch of CO2 liveliness and a very long herbal, citrus and mineral finish.
How to drink it: Chill well for casual sipping. Pairs nicely with Asian cuisine.