Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc { So-Vin-YAWN-Blonk} is a white wine grape which originally comes from the French region of Bordeaux. The name comes from the word “sauvage”, meaning wild in French and blanc for the color white. This grape generally produces a dry, crisp and fresh wine with fruit flavors of grapefruit, lemon, melon, and herbs.  Countries renowned for producing this grape include: France, Canada, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Washington, South Africa and USA.

The Supernatural Vineyard

“Supernatural” Sauvignon Blanc vines in Hawkes Bay, NZ

Gabrielle Simmers of &Co talks about the origins of Sauvignon blanc in this video:

Chile

Maipo Valley

Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere, perhaps Chile’s signature varieties, are the main focus for Nuevo Mundo.

France

Bordeaux

“Le Blanc” from Peybonhomme is a classic white Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon where the lees are stirred regularly early on during the wine’s “elevage” in order to produce a denser, richer wine than one might expect.  To read more about the wine, visit the winery’s technical information page.

Domaine St. Anne’s “Entre Deux Mers”, or white Bordeaux, first attracted us to the estate. The region produces many inexpensive wines that are foisted on tourists in bistros across France as a house glass pour, but Sainte Anne stands out thanks to the older vine Sémillon that the family has farmed organically for decades.  Additionally, 35% Muscadelle softens the citrus edge of the Sauvignon Blanc.

Languedoc

“La Rupture” Karen learned to make wine in Alsace where aromatic, broad varieties carry are the norm. Winemaking techniques like extended maceration and elevated fermentation temperatures are the norm in that region, but almost unheard of for Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the world. A rupture from tradition indeed and quite a remarkable result. Tasting notes are nearly irrelevant. This is a wine for drinking. Get some while you can.

New Zealand

North Island

Gabrielle makes only one wine, The Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc.  Current vintage is 2011.  Learn more about her approach in the video below. Ant Moore Each of these regions have their own micro-climates and terroir that provide a unique personality to the vineyards and its grapes. Ant purchased the land he converted into vineyards and has made on of them his homeblock where he can keep an eye on the every-changing activity that happens in the vineyards.

USA

Yorkville Cellars is one of, if not the only, organic producer in the United States which bottles each of the six red Bordeaux varieties and the two whites individually:   Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Carmenere,are the reds, Semillon and  Sauvignon Blanc are the whites.

Sauvignon Blanc

Color of grape Brown with red and green
Species Vitis Vinifera
Sauvignon blanc Synonyms Sauvignon jaune, Blanc Fume
Origin France
Most common in Chile, New Zealand, California
Phonetic pronunciation So-Vin-YAWN-Blonk

 

Sauvignon Blanc from Hawkes Bay New Zealand: The Supernatural