Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 326,906 strong:

Register Today!

Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Wine Review

Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 15

  Add My Review

Price: $19.95

Drink: 2015-2017

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Villa Maria

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 91/100

Another delicious, mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc from Villa Maria! This is classic Marlborough SB, with aromas of freshly cut grass and herbs. The 2015 was one of the strongest in history for the region and it shows in this wine. Pair pan-friesh white fish.

Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, shellfish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad.

Scrumptious Seafood Wine

This Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was reviewed on February 18, 2017 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2022  2021  2020  2019  2018 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

6th & Atwood18 Add
Barrack & King14 Add
King N & Northfield11 Add
Edward St & Talisman Dr10 Add
Wellington St & Muskoka Rd10 Add
See More Edit
  • 196006
  • $17.85 
  • Check Stock

Reviews and Ratings

Greg Hughes rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Villa Maria was one of the first New Zealand wineries to captivate the wine market's attention with their vibrant Sauvignon Blanc. They've been making wine since the 1960s, but have only been in Marlborough since 2000. Like other large New Zealand wineries, Sauv Blancs like this are their mainstay.
Pale lemon-green. This wine was made very anaerobically to preserve freshness and there's a little CO2 that shimmers out.
The aromas are classic NZ. Sweet pea, kiwi, lemon and lime, juniper, with a racy minerality you can even smell.
The flavours are crisp and fresh without being too acidic. It is very well made. Loads of tropical fruit carry through. Kiwi, guava, more vegative pea pod, granny smith apple, and pineapple.
If someone tells you NZ Sauv Blancs like this can age, it can but it loses all of its freshness. Drink it now.
Carola Price rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Clear and light but bursting with cantaloupe, flint, some grass and passion fruit. Medium bodied and flavours of kiwi, melon and grassy notes continue through a long finish. Acidity is there and never overpowers the fruit. Excellent example of a food driven wine. Pair with fish dishes like Baja fish tacos, spicy scallop sushi, Salade Nicoise and medium bodied cheeses like Camembert. Drink now
Lynn van der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Aromas of melon, pear, and freshly cut grass, with a palate that expresses a lingering and tangy grapefruit finish! Delicious with salmon or goat cheese dishes.
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A very popular food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's most awarded winery, Villa Maria. The Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc shows expressive flinty minerality, guava, lime, stone fruit, and herbal notes. Aged on its lees to add texture and complexity, the palate is dry with chalky fine tannins wrapped up in a beautiful bouquet of sweet exotic fruit. Enjoy with rich seafood pasta. Tasted September 2015. 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Pale straw colour, nose shows herbal notes along with tropical passion fruit and citrus grapefruit and lime.Good depth and concentration repeating the nose along with a leesy/mineral undertone on the lingering finish. Pan fried bass with lightly herbed white sauce would work well. Tasted Sept 2015 at Villa Maria winemaker lunch.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A wine's conception "intended with food in mind" (says the Villa Maria Production Winemaker). Indeed it is! The aromas come off more herbaceous than the other series of Sauv Bl from Villa Maria's portfolio but this is classic for cool climate (interior Awatere & Wairau valley) Marlborough terroir. Aromas are dominated by basil, green bean and tomato leaf characters along with some citrus fruit (lime and grapefruit). On the palate, the citrus notes dominate. This wine is medium bodied with balanced acidity and a slightly mouthcoating texture. The herbaceous notes remind me a lot of hops in beers. I would, no doubt, pair this wine with South Asian cuisine.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

The 2015 vintage yields from Marlborough with 50% from Awatere valley and 50% from Wairau valley. Pale straw colour, this wine is 13%ABV and is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 7.2gL acidity, 3.2gL residual sugar. This is a food friendly medium-bodied, medium-acidity, flavourful young wine, and ready to enjoy. The 2015 vintage produced a strong year with high sunshine, low rainfall near harvest and near perfect fruit ripeness. This juicy white features aromatics of wild thyme sprigs (citrus), sage leaf, flinty minerality, and a hint of ripe honeydew melon and guava. This wine is calling to be enjoyed with ocean-based proteins such as sea scallops or lightly pan seared delicate fish.
David Skinner rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Light straw colour and clean. Hints of tropical fruit and melon, on the nose accented by passionfruit and herbs. Medium bodied and full of grapefruit and lime flavours. Solid acidity and a crisp finish that lingers.

Grapes for this sauvignon Blanc were sourced equally from the Wairau and Awatere valleys. A very balanced profile of tropical and citrus. Left on its lees to develop more character.

Perfect for sea scallops in saffron cream sauce.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Similar to their Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, but with more pronounced mango and passionfruit aromas. The pineapple and fresh cut grass are still there of course, but this is a little fruitier giving it a different balance. The taste is crisp and fresh, again with a little more tropical fruit than their other offering. This wine lends itself a little more towards a slightly spicy chicken or pork dish.
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Another well received representation of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from the award winning winery, Villa Maria. There are delicious aromas of passion fruit, lime, roasted bell peppers and fresh thyme. The palate does not disappoint with loads of grapefruit and a balanced acidity. This would be a delightful match with pan-seared sea scallops, truffle aioli and a BBQ medley of veggies.

2 Members would buy this wine again

If you liked the Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015, you might also like these wines:



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

La Poderina Red Wine
Tuscany I.G.T. ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 326,906 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award