Sauvignon Blanc

25. September 2014 • Grape of the week • Views: 482

Sauvignon Blanc is an aromatic white wine grape variety, whose wines usually have a high content of acidity and alcohol.In general, a Sauvignon Blanc wine is not a wine that is well suited for ageing and designed to be drunk as young as possible. In the past few years the grape has shown high growth rates. The most important growing area and stronghold of Sauvignon Blanc is the upper Loire and the twin appellation of Sancerre and Pouilly- Fumé in France. But the world’s most famous Sauvignon Blanc is grown far away from its french origins in New Zealand. Since the 1980’s the Marlborough wine region in New Zealand produces forceful, fruity Sauvignon Blanc wines that have set a benchmark for this style. According to the british wine critic Jancis Robinson typical examples of highly regarded Sauvignon Blancs include Cloudy Bay and Dog Point in Marlborough, Les Belles Dames, Henri Bourgeois‘ D’Antan in Sancerre, Didier Dagueneau’s Silex in Pouilly-Fumé, Henri Pellé in Menetou Salon, PHI Lusitania Park in Yarra Valley, Shaw + Smith in Adelaide Hills, Araujo Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley and Babcock Vineyards in Santa Barbara.

Acidity:

Medium – Medium High

Flavours:

Pear, Lime, Kiwi, Green Apple, Nectarine, Guava, Grapefruit, White Peach, Pineapple, Melon, Bell Pepper, Green Bean, Aspargus, Basil, Gooseberry, Lemongrass,  Toast,

Oak Flavours:

Dill, Butter, Vanilla, Pie Crust

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