Grazing platter mania: the ultimate guide to wine and platters

You may think the grazing platter mania has subsided, but we disagree. There’s nothing better than platter eye candy that sends your senses into overdrive.

It’s not just about throwing together a cluster of random foods to make it look like a DaVinci masterpiece. It’s important to work out what flavours go together and the wines you’ll have with your nibbles that will have your friends talking all year long.

Villa Maria 2019 Sauvignon Blanc paired with smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, hummus and other savoury goodness.

A perfect aperitif wine, serve chilled on warm summer days. Fresh herbal flavours match well with most salads, any fish recipes.

This particular vintage was made in 2019 and from January onward Marlborough experienced a summer of the century, with a spell of long hot dry weather with moderately cool nights providing the perfect environment to ensure physiological and flavour ripeness whilst retaining freshness.

Get ready to quench your platter thirst!

Villa Maria 2019 Pinot Gris paired with scallops, prawns, soft cheeses, salads and white meats.

This Pinot Gris has fresh and intense aromatics of pear, red apple and honeysuckle, leading to a rich and textured mouth feel and a delicious off-dry finish.

For this vintage, the warmer Gisborne region provided ripe fruit with soft acidity. The fruit is gently pressed and the juice settled and clarified prior to cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected aromatic yeast strains. A brief period of yeast lees ageing follows prior to blending and preparation for bottling.

Did someone say cheese? Ah, yes please!

Cellar Selection 2019 Sauvignon Blanc paired with rock melon wrapped in prosciutto, orange quarters, fresh cherries and dates.

 With Pungent herbal aromas lead into a juicy palate bursting with zesty grapefruit and rock-melon, with a round weighty finish – this wine will get those taste buds popping.

Capturing the essence of Marlborough, this Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of selective vineyards from both the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. Pungent herbal aromas lead into a juicy palate bursting with zesty grapefruit and rock-melon, with a round weighty finish.

Vineyard blocks from the warmer Wairau Valley are chosen to express concentrated riper tropical Sauvignon Blanc notes, whereas the cooler windier Awatere Valley takes longer to ripen producing dominant herbal and bell pepper characters.  Fruit set in the cool spring weather was lower than usual, resulting in the development of open bunches with small flavourful berries.

You’re now ready to get those invites out, gather the crowd and use some of these notes to sound like a pro. Even better, you can now watch how these wines were made and see the real Kiwis that put their blood, sweat and tears into making it. Villa Maria releases its first ever documentary this Saturday. Vintage by Villa Maria screens on Three (TV) this Saturday at 10:35pm and is available on ThreeNow from Sunday the 16th of February.

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SophiaWritten by Sophia Ivory

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