Sauvignon Blanc, otherwise affectionately known as ‘savvy B’ and which also literally means ‘wild white’, is typically a dry white wine. Originating from France in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, this particular grape variety enjoys cool to temperate climates where it thrives.
What does Sauvignon Blanc taste like?
Characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc will vary depending on where the grape is grown - with different climates and soils impacting the final flavours. Sauvignon Blanc can vary from its traditional dry, herbaceous style that delivers an almost grassy aroma to riper tropical fruit flavours and punchy sweetness.
Where do the best Sauvignon Blancs come from?
The history of the Sauvignon Blanc begins in France, referenced as far back as the 1500’s, although today this highly versatile grape variety is produced all around the world.
Many Australian regions boast excellent examples of Sauvignon Blanc, with Margaret River gaining international recognition for their typically sweet and tropical style, due to the warmer climate. In comparison, the cooler Adelaide Hills and Tasmania is perfect for developing the signature crisp and fresh Sauvignon Blanc flavours so highly prized in France.
New Zealand’s Marlborough enjoys a very fine reputation for delivering crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with intense citrus flavours and tropical fruit tones.
Renowned for producing very dry Sauvignon Blanc with high acidity levels, Sauvignon Blanc grown in the Loire Valley is often described as having gooseberry and nettle characteristics particularly in the most famous regions of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. White Bordeaux is unique in that it is typically blended with Semillon and Muscadelle.
What foods pair well with Sauvignon Blanc?
Given the wide variety of flavours possible from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, food pairing options abound. It generally pairs very well with goat’s cheese and crisp green vegetables, as well as seafood dishes including oysters and delicate fish such as sole.
How long can you keep Sauvignon Blanc?
Sauvignon Blanc, like most white wines, once opened will keep in the fridge for about a week. If you are considering cellaring your Sauvignon Blanc, then you have a few options. Most Sauvignon Blanc is best enjoyed young but will keep for a couple of years. However there are some wines, particularly those fermented and or aged in barrels, which have been developed specifically for ageing. Fine White Bordeaux in particular can drink well for ten or twenty years.
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