Villa Maria Early Release 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Organic Merlot

New, fresh and clean could be the theme for these two new releases from Villa Maria. The 2014 ‘Early Release’ Sauvignon Blanc in the ‘Private Bin’ tier caters for those with a hankering to be among the first to try a new vintage. There’s a simplicity and uncomplicated nature about newly-fermented wine, and its exuberance can be a delight. More than one winemaker has stated the most preferred time to enjoy Sauvignon Blanc is when it is in tank, before it has been bottled. This is about as near to that as commercially possible. In making the wine, the fruit was specially selected from earlier ripening sites. It approximates what the main blend will be, but as it is not totally representative, it is clearly labelled as a different wine.

It may seem difficult for a large company with vineyard sources the length of the country to embrace organics. Villa Maria, as with practically all of New Zealand’s industry has adopted the sustainable stance, and taken steps into organic viticulture. A number of sites are now tended to organic regimes, with certification the aim. The ‘Joseph Soler’ vineyard in Hawke’s Bay is certified BioGro organic and a certified Merlot wine was made in 2009. Villa Maria has now released another certified BioGro organic Merlot, from the 2013 vintage from this site, also in the ‘Cellar Selection’ tier. I review these new, fresh and clean wines here.


  • Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ ‘Early Release’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ ‘Organic’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013

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