Sauvignon Blanc is an Australian table favourite hailing from Bordeaux region in France. Known for its crisp, dry and refreshing qualities it is a popular varietal also in Australia. While Australia does the old Savvy B very well, in more recent times we have gravitated towards buying Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region in New Zealand. It would be no surprises to hear we find our local drop is worthy of your next round table discussion. And don’t forget to raise a glass on International Sauvignon Blanc Day on the 4th May every year!
Aussie pronunciation “sar-vin-nyong blonc”
Let’s learn a bit more about this special variety.
A motherly grape
You may not know that Sauvignon Blanc is a part contributor to the DNA of Cabernet Sauvignon. When you look at the name derivations, eureka, it makes sense. Developed in south west France in the 17th century a chance crossing between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc spawned the popular Cabernet Sauvignon. The cross between the two grape varietals developed a hardy grape which is now popular fixture around the table.
Wild in name
The naming of the grape Sauvignon Blanc is from its French origins sauvage meaning ‘wild’ and Blanc meaning ‘white’. Why it is wild we are unsure. Possibly this naming is representative of its wild, herbaceous and grassy flavours. But we would only be speculating!
Sauvignon Blanc can be sweet
Believe it or not this grape is also a component of dessert wines such as Sauternes from the Sauternais region in Bordeaux. How do you create a Sauterne? Allow the grape to be affected by Botrytis cinerea or noble rot. The infection causes the grapes to shrivel up and become raisin like, concentrating the flavours to create a sweet wine.
Sauvignon Blanc was an early flag-bearer of our Cellar Door exclusive range and releases across the journey have shown a delicious and immediately appealing fruit intensity. You can expect a lifted and vibrant nose with an explosion of tropical fruits alongside melon and lemon/lime characters framed by a breathless acidity.
Food matching tips
The Sauvignon Blanc is refreshing, herbaceous and quite high in acid so we would recommend you pair with lighter foods such as oysters, prawns and char grilled squid. Sushi and sashimi is also a favourite match of ours.