#TGTaste with thirstygirl® and Villa Maria Estate

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc with my shrimp and scallop scampi
2011 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin with my shrimp and scallop scampi

If you’ve read my past #TGTaste posts, you’ll often find that I was a bit nervous stepping out of my tasting “comfort zone,” but always found myself pleasantly surprised. With regard to this #TGTaste on May 16, this was not the case at all. I love Sauvignon Blanc, so I was very excited to participate.

Since I live and often taste alone, I decided to focus on the 2011 Villa Maria Estate Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin, Marlborough. I tried the wine cold and at that point, the flavors were predominantly gooseberry, lemon, and lime. That’s OK with me, because I love tart citrus. Before this tasting,  I thought that was how New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was supposed to taste. However, once the wine warmed to nearly room temperature, it was much more complex. I could taste the sweeter fruits such as papaya and passionfruit, along with some great acidity, perfect for food pairing. I prepared a shrimp and scallop scampi pasta and bell pepper dish, which turned out to be a nice pairing because the buttery, garlic sauce, bell peppers, and shellfish brought out the fruit flavor variety even more.

The specs:
2011 Villa Maria Estate Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 13.0%
SRP: $14.99

Silver – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2012 (NZ)
Silver – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011 (UK)
Silver – Marlborough Wine Show 2011 (NZ)

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