Part of the Villa Maria Single Vineyard collection of wines. From a coastal block in the Awatere valley, Marlborough. Bright and aromatic on the nose, with a mineral, saline note immediately apparent – followed by lime zest, pea pod, thai basil, acacia, capsicum and lemon blossom. A vibrant acidity races through the wine, delivering a fresh palate of crushed herbs, green melon, and blackcurrant flavours. A layer of intense, briny, oyster shell minerality sits beside the fruit, bringing an interesting complexity. Youthful, energetic and mouthwatering, this is a compelling expression of New Zealand’s most famous wine varietal and style. Drink young. 92pts.