Learn About Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon is the most recognisable of the all the classic grapes, with its grassy and green pepper aromas pretty evident wherever it is grown; but in warmer climes it can deliver riper fruit aromas – blackcurrant, peach, even passion fruit. View our range.
Originating from Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc has proven particularly successful in Loire Valley, especially in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The region’s cool climate keeps high acid level in the grape, and typical Silex soils give the wines their specific character of gun flint (or ‘pierre à fusil’ in French) creating clean and delicate wines with gooseberry aromas and smoke minerality. In Bordeaux, in combination with Semillon and Muscadelle, it produces the fine wines of Sauternes and Pessac-Leognan. Sauvignon also found fame in New Zealand, especially in Marlborough where grapes are kept longer on the vine in order to increase sugar levels and therefore alcohol content, while retaining their acidity. A decade ago, sugar and alcohol levels were on the rise, many New Zealand Sauvignons hitting 14% alcohol and disguising harsh acidity with a slightly cloying sweetness on the palate. Happily, the fashion is now for more balanced wines. Grapes are also fermented a lower temperature in order to preserve the fresh fruits aromas and the resulted wines are crisp and pungent with tropical fruits. It is grown widely in other regions, notably in Chile, and in South Africa where it tends to reveal grassy notes. In warmer climates the varietal character becomes less pronounced. Generally a much sought after variety. View our range.