Today marks the 7th International Sauvignon Blanc Day, so it seems highly appropriate to have a look at the Sauvignon offerings from our favourite wineries in Marlborough, New Zealand.
While France’s Bordeaux and Loire valley can go to battle for the title of Sauvignon’s spiritual home, New Zealand is undoubtedly the driving force behind the explosion of Sauvignon Blanc onto the world stage, thanks to New Zealand, Sauvignon’s popularity has never been as high as it is now and it shows little sign of slowing down.
Thanks to the vision of owner Fleur McCree, the trail-blazing Insight estate rescued an old unloved sheep farm, this site was surrounded by a natural amphitheatre and was graced with diverse soils ideally suited to grape growing, add to that the winemaking skills of former Cloudy Bay guru Eveline Frasier and you will see why their Sauvignon, already astonishingly aromatic and intense is set to become stellar.
At Whitehaven, owner, Sue White leads a small, talented, committed team who together are carving global recognition for the Whitehaven label, with their Sauvignon Blanc which in true Marlborough-style is hugely aromatic on the nose and delivers masses of fruit on the palate.
Astrolabe is a family business run by Jane and Simon Waghorn. They own vineyards in the Marlborough region and also manage vineyards for other Marlborough families. Simon as wine-maker has an international reputation for making elegant well-balanced wines that honestly reflect the Marlborough region, particularly his unique award-winningSauvignon Blanc.
Of course, there are many other delicious Sauvignon’s out there and no better day than today to try a new one!
So it just remains for me to say, Happy Sauvignon Day!