These days, everyone’s first thoughts about Sauvignon Blanc tend to lead straight to “Marlborough” and New Zealand. “Marlborough” is not actually a “brand name”, but it does appear on almost all bottles of NZ Sauvignon.
It was only in 1985 that David Hohnen founded the Cloudy Bay winery in the Wairau River area of Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island. Thirty-five years’ later, it’s now considered to be an icon wine and, even though it now has many local competitors of equal quality, it’s still looked on as the pinnacle of the style.
But, back in France (in the Loire), they’re still wondering what all the fuss is about!
Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé have been producing dry, flinty-tasting wines officially since 1936/37, but vines have been growing in the region for centuries, and you won’t see the word “Sauvignon” on any of the labels, but… that’s the grape used in every bottle. It’s the LAW!
Bordeaux also has a long history of using #Sauvignon and, here, wines are made in both dry and sweet styles. Look for “Pessac-Leognan” on the label for complex, oaked, dry wines, or “Sauternes” for sweet.
The Sauvignon variety is now planted worldwide, with many notable success stories in both “old” & “new world” countries. In Europe, northern Italy (Trentino/Alto Adige) has some top-notch Sauvignon producers, while much further south, on the other side of the equator, Chile has some great wines that really taste of fresh, juicy grapefruit, but the good ones aren’t sour tasting, and cool climate parts of South Africa are making Sauvignon that is definitely improving in leaps and bounds, vintage, by vintage.
Flavours of Sauvignon can range from grassy/herbal, to tangy citrus/lemon/grapefruit, to gooseberry/elderflower & blackcurrant leaf, right through to more tropical notes of passion fruit and peach.
It’s a versatile grape and a perfect match with goats’ cheese. Fresh, with great acidity, it’s a really mouth- watering style of wine that just about every wine drinker seems to love.
Come and try some at #FraziersWineStudio #Solihull in May.
The event: Eight exciting wines to taste and compare. A mix of prices to highlight both quality and value. Entertaining talk/information on the relevant subject matter. No prior knowledge required, so you won't have to 'swot up' before arriving.