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Sauvignon Blanc

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The racy white grape that put NZ on the wine map!

  • It occupies 77% of the country’s vineyards with 23,000 hectares.
  • Marlborough is home to 26,000 of this country’s 37,000 hectares of grapes.
  • Sauvignon Blanc originally comes from France’s Loire Valley and Bordeaux.
  • It’s often described as tropical, herbaceous and pungently fruity.
  • Most Sauvignon Blanc is made without oak.
  • It can also be blended with other grapes, most popularly with Semillon.

Unique, exuberant and intense.

The fruity, racy varietal that awoke the world to New Zealand wine. The fruit flavours in Sauvignon Blanc will range from herbaceous notes to punchy passionfruit but one way to pick it out is the bold fruits and mouth-watering acidity.

Sauvignon Blanc packs a fruity punch with high acidity and a refreshing palate. Best enjoyed young to revel in the fruit profile as an aperitif or with foods of equal acidity. Fresh oysters with a squeeze of lemon anyone!?

Orginating from Bordeaux, France, Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape that is not only produced as a refreshing white wine but is used in dessert wines. It arrived in New Zealand in the 1970s and began growing in Marlborough. The 80s was when it started gaining recognition and slowly but surely it became the grape synonymous with NZ wine.

Key Flavours

Capsicum, Passionfruit, Grapefruit, White Peach

Key Regions

Loire France, NZ, Chile, South Africa, USA

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