Everyone knows that Sauvignon Blanc is one of the countries favourite grape varieties. It is also one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. To celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day (5th May) we delve into the origins of this grape to discover why it is has become a feature grape on wine lists today.
Back before the 1980’s you would have rarely found Sauvignon Blanc in the world’s top wines. Despite originating in South West France, and the country which most likely gave it its name: sauvage (wild) and blanc (white), none of the big French wine producers paid any attention to it. It wasn’t until a handful of Kiwis started producing incredible, bold and refreshing versions that this variety became a must list. By the time the 90’s came along other countries including South Africa, Chile and France were also following suit.
Today over 275,000+ acres of Sauvignon Blanc are planted worldwide. In the Old World the key regions are France (71,000+ acres) Italy (45,000+ acres) and Spain (6,200+ acres) and it is also grown in Romania and Moldova. Over in the New World, key regions are New Zealand (41,500+ acres) USA (40,000+ acres) Chile (31,000+ acres) South Africa (23,500 acres) and Australia (17,500 acres).
One of the reasons Sauvignon Blanc is so popular is that between the New World and Old World they offer plenty of different styles of Sauvignon Blanc – so there is something to suit most palates. Primary fruit flavours are often green apple, lime and passion fruit. What makes New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc so unique and distinctive, is its herbaceous flavours, most notable of all gooseberry and grass whereas French Sauvignon Blanc has a lot more minerality.
At Matthew Clark we have plenty of Sauvignon Blancs in our wine list to choose from, so raise a glass of your favourite this May 5th and celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc day!
- 00011430 Destinea Sauvignon Blanc, Joseph Mellot
The French would call this wine a ‘petite Sancerre’ because of its similarity in style to the classic - elegant and floral, with hints of lemon and grapefruit.
- 24696 Sancerre La Grande Châtelaine de Joseph Mellot
The top Sancerre cuvée from Joseph Mellot and a great example of the quality that Sancerre can produce. With typical gooseberry and grassy flavours, you also get amazing notes of candied grapefruit, lime zest and hints of pineapple.
- 10390 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc
Made using grapes from selected blocks of vineyards in both the Awatere and Wairau Valleys – its vibrant bouquet of gooseberry and lime is delicious!
- 10315 Villa Maria Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc
A superb Sauvignon Blanc from top vineyards in the Awatere Valley which is located close to the sea. A fruity wine with great intensity of flavour.
- 29083 Te Awa Leftfield Sauvignon Blanc
Strongly aromatic with a crisp vibrancy to the finish – aromas of passion fruit, nectarine and lemongrass.
- 13481 Vidal Sauvignon Blanc
Classic gooseberry and passion fruit aromas mingled with a crisp grassy flavour.
- 23234 Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc
Made from grapes grown just 7.5 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, this Sauvignon Blanc has great mineral flavours blended with aromas of citrus fruits, green chilli pepper and passion fruit!
- 00022105 Errazuriz 1870 Sauvignon Blanc
Beautifully concentrated flavours of tropical fruit, cut grass and herbs.
- 23712 Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauginon Blanc
From 5 different terroirs in the Western Cape,
- 10296 Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc
Did you know? Sauvignon Blanc is also known as Fumé Blanc (USA), Muskat-Silvaner (Austria), Feigentraube (Germany)
Offer By the Glass
Make sure you list at least one Sauvignon Blanc by the glass on your list, but don’t make it your cheapest offer – consumers see Sauvignon Blanc as a trust worthy grape, one they know what they are going to get if they pick it from a list so many will automatically choose Sauvignon regardless of the price point.
Speak to your account manager or our Design studio to find out how you can promote Sauvignon Blanc through POS in your outlet.