Celebrating Sauvignon Blanc

It’s International Sauvignon Blanc day today, hurrah! To celebrate we’re having an in depth look at what makes it so popular.

What is Sauvignon Blanc?

The name Sauvignon Blanc roughly translates to “Wild White” with origins in the South of France. It’s one of the most widely planted varieties in the world.

Because of this, it has a wide range of styles and flavours depending on where it’s planted. Old world styles, such as those in France, will normally be more restrained and grassy.

The flip side of this is the absurdly fruity flavours which we get from new world sites. Which brings us to the next point…

The elephant (kiwi) in the room

Marlborough is the most iconic region for Sauvignon Blanc. It’s what we get asked for most of all and it’s not hard to see why.

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough has a distinct character to it. Tomato vine aromas, juicy gooseberry flavours, it’s full and rich while also maintaining a refreshing acidity.

A small region on the south island of New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc here accounts for 50% of the country’s vines.

Other great Sauvignons

Marlborough isn’t the only stand out producer of Sauvignon, however. Sancerre, Pouilly Fume and Touraine in France, Leyda Valley in Chile and even the Napa Valley in California, are all renowned for Sauvignon Blanc.

Why not try…

Lovers of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc may be very pleasantly surprised by the Dancing Flame Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. It’s full body and ripe fruit character are reminiscent of the classic Marlborough style.

If you prefer an old world style sauvignon, however, might we suggest our Racine Picpoul de Pinet. Zesty and refreshing, Picpoul is bursting to the fore as more people try to take a step away from Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc in search of something new and interesting.

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