Very impressed by this pair by Villa Maria, one of New Zealand’s most consistent producers.
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009 Marlborough
Seriously seductive Pinot. Sweet cherry and berry fruit with fresh herb and mineral notes, as well as subtle meatiness. The palate is ripe and sweetly fruited, yet supple and fresh with nice acidity, sour cherry notes and hints of savoury minerality. Rich, but with some elegance and non-fruit complexity. 92/100 (£14.99 Majestic, Rhythm and Booze, Booths)
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough
Amazingly lively and aromatic, this is a really rich, forward style of Sauvignon. It’s concentrated with passionfruit richness, grapefruit freshness and some sweet grapey notes. Good acidity and rich texture, with subtle green notes too. 90/100 (£11.99 Tesco, Majestic, Rhythm and Booze)