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Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It is possibly a descendant of Savagnin. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Sauvignon blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and California.
Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavors" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes.
Wine experts have used the phrase "crisp, elegant, and fresh" as a favorable description of Sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley and New Zealand. Sauvignon blanc, when slightly chilled, pairs well with fish or cheese, particularly chèvre. It is also known as one of the few wines that can pair well with sushi.
Along with Riesling, Sauvignon blanc was one of the first fine wines to be bottled with a screwcap in commercial quantities, especially by New Zealand producers. The wine is usually consumed young, as it does not particularly benefit from aging, as varietal Sauvignon blancs tend to develop vegetal aromas reminiscent of peas and asparagus with extended aging. Dry and sweet white Bordeaux, including oak-aged examples from Pessac-Léognan and Graves, as well as some Loire wines from Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre are some of the few examples of Sauvignon blancs with aging potential.
The first Friday in May is International Sauvignon Blanc Day.
The blend combines the world renowned characteristics of vibrant young Hunter Semillon with lively Sauvignon Blanc & is best described as a 'user-friendly'.
Ripe passionfruit aromas on the nose are balanced by citrus & tropical flavours of Hunter Semillon on the palate.
Crisp refreshing flavours & only 10.5% alcohol - this is a perfect wine for the Singapore climate.
★★★★– 91 points Sam Kim – Wine Orbit
"Green apple & melon flavors lead the way, with aromatic pops of citrus zest & a refreshing finish." - Wine Spectator
Beautifully fragrant, the immediately appealing nose shows nectarine, rock melon, feijoa & lime zest characters with a hint herbaceous notes. The palate is succulent & lively, & displays excellent fruit weight & intensity, finishing juicy with a fine linger!
The Estate Sauvignon Blanc can be best enjoyed with a wide range of dishes including (shell) fish, poultry, salads or simply as a classy aperitif.
90pts - James Halliday
"There you have it: pure, unadorned Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc traversing cut grass gooseberry, passionfruit & lychee, mooching quietly along until it markedly lifts its intensity on the finish, with citrussy acidity joining the fray." - James Halliday
The wine is elegantly fragrant on the nose showing grapefruit, lemon peel, flint & subtle herbaceous characters. The palate offers pristine fruit flavours & fine texture, brilliantly structured by bright acidity. The wine is beautifully poised & fresh, & displays delicate fruit intensity.
★★★★+ – 92 points Sam Kim – Wine Orbit
“Youthful & beautifully fragrant, the attractive bouquet shows grapefruit, green rockmelon, lime zest & sweet basil aromas, followed by a vibrant palate that is juicy & lively. The wine delivers plenty of pristine flavours & bright acidity, finishing persistent & crisp." - Sam Kim
Produced in the Aude valley, this 100% Sauvignon benefits from a climate influenced both by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, producing a fruity wine full of citrus and apple, with nicely balanced acidity and a delicious finish.