Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

While Wellington basked in its best ever spring to autumn period in living history, between the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, the grape growing season in Marlborough was somewhat more challenging. Villa Maria’s Marlborough senior winemaker Helen Morrison reports that low rainfall and cool temperatures resulted in a slow start, and frost alarms during this period threatened the potential crop. After a warm and wet January, record-breaking warm temperatures from February finally enabled ripeness to catch up by late March. The warm and dry April temperatures resulted in wonderfully concentrated, balanced and well-ripened, healthy Sauvignon Blanc fruit. Helen notes that the 2016 growing season has given full-flavoured wines with an extra degree of concentration. The release of Villa Maria’s ‘Private Bin’ Sauvignon Blanc is a good marker of the vintage, and gives an indication as to what we can expect with the higher echelon ‘Cellar Selection’, ‘Reserve’ and ‘Single Vineyard’ wines in due course. Here is my review of the new 2016 ‘Private Bin’ Sauvignon Blanc.


  • Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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