New Zealand

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013

I love crisp New Zealand sauvignons and Villa Maria has an excellent track record in producing easy to drink, good value wines.

This 2013 sauvignon is on the Private Bin label and does have a little more depth than the 'standard' sauvignon blanc.  It is light, fruity and zesty, very lemony when you first taste it but becomes more rounded in the mouth and ends with a good dose of passionfruit.

The 2013 is drinking well now so chill it down and enjoy with seafood, white fish or even chicken.

You can buy it from here.It's only $12.99 right now and you can also get another $10 off an order of $150 with the coupon code of AUGUST10.

Villa Maria private bin

Oh, and did you know that Amazon has a reasonable stock of wines?  Yes it's true!  The everything store now sells wine.  Amazon has a small number of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs on offer and probably the best one right now is the Mission Estate Hawkes Bay 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.

Nobilo 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

This is a fresh, clean sauvignon from the famous Marlborough region in New Zealand, an area that produces some of the best value, crispest sauvignons in the world.

Nobilo is a well established brand that produces large volumes of drinkable, good value wines and this 2013 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc is no exception.

Priced at around $10 a bottle, it is excellent value for money.  My rule with sauvignon blanc, especially new world sauvignon is 'drink youngest available'.  The younger the wine, the fresher it will be and for a wine like this, that pairs well with salads, seafood and sun, the 2013 is just right.


Oyster Bay 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

This is a great value for money New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region, renowned for excellent sauv blanc wines.

You can find Oyster Bay almost anywhere and it's often in the big supermarkets for less than $15. has it online currently for $13.99, which isn't a bad price.

As always, the rule of thumb with Sauvignon Blanc is DYA (drink youngest available) and so this 2013 is drinking very nicely now.  It's is super crisp and clean on the palate and quite zesty.  It goes very well with fish or salad and especially well with oysters.

Oyster Bay