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A short history of Sauvignon Blanc

 

Sauvignon Blanc is a noble white variety, its birthplace being the Loire Valley in France (contrary to some claims from Bordeaux) during the 16th century, with its synonym “fiers” recorded as early as 1534. Its name loosely translates to “wild white”. It’s parent to Cabernet Sauvignon, and has ties to Chenin Blanc and Savagnin.

Wine Characteristics

Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc together form one of the most famous Bordeaux blends but Sauvignon Blanc on its own has lifted aromas and vivid fruit flavours with distinctive herbal and mineral characters.

You probably know it as a fresh, fruity white wine.

Well known for crisp, refreshing wines that run the gamut from bright and zesty to ripe and tropical, differing winemaking approaches can create richer, more textural styles.

Sauvignon Blanc today

Although widely produced in many parts of the world, New Zealand (Marlborough in particular) claims to be the world leader in Sauvignon Blanc, producing flavoursome grapes, and popular wines. Other notable New Zealand regions include Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough and Nelson.

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