This is the Sauvignon Blanc that put Villa Maria on the world map. A blend of both Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere Valleys our winemakers take great care to ensure this wine showcases exceptional balance and consistency every vintage. The room-filling aromatics and strikingly crisp character of our Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are why it is so popular and such a memorable experience.
At Villa Maria we prioritise ripeness in our Sauvignon Blanc wines, often picking later than other wineries to ensure maximum fruit flavour to balance the powerful natural acidity of this varietal. A myriad of flavours dominated by fresh passionfruit and citrus retained in all their glory by our gentle pressing techniques (less juice from the grape but more flavour) and select yeast strains.
Perfect for warmer weather, the aromatic and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc is made for the great moments. Drink chilled out of the fridge with a platter of camembert, havarti and gouda on the table for a delightful afternoon indulgence.
Best served at: 8 °C / 46 °F
Our Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc showcases everything fresh and vibrant about Marlborough. Initially, the classic Awatere aromas jump out of the glass, such as lemongrass, jalapeño peppers and fresh herbs. The cool climate in the Awatere Valley is influenced by Mt Tapuae-o-uenuku and the cool alpine winds and fresh sea breezes protect the natural acidity in this wine. In contrast, the Wairau Valley has warmer summer months, with dry nor-westerly winds influencing vineyards to produce a pungent Sauvignon Blanc with ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavours.
Perfect aperitif wine, serve chilled on warm summer days. Sauvignon Blanc's riper tropical flavours is perfectly paired with fresh seafood, such as sautéed scallops or seared snapper. Fresh herbal flavours match well with a fresh side salad of fresh rocket, goat cheese and melon.
Vineyards and Winemaking
Fruit set in the cool spring weather was lower than usual, resulting in the development of open bunches with small flavourful berries. From January onwards, 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.
Bright and fruity with crisp notes of lemongrass, passion fruit, lemons and white grapefruit on the nose. Vibrant acidity with a … juicy finish.90 points - JamesSuckling.com
Elevate Your Seafood Dishes
Whether you’re a passionate at home chef who loves to create gourmet feasts or someone who likes to keep it simple, take your homecooked creations to new heights with a wonderful wine and food pairing.
Fresh and vibrant, our Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with a range of delicious dishes but there is one that really accentuates its flavors - a zingy seafood dish. Awaken your senses with our Lemongrass & Chili Steamed Mussels recipe perfectly paired with the gooseberry, passionfruit and fresh citrus flavors in our Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.