Cheer International Sauvignon Blanc Day with five vintage styles!
Toast International Sauvignon Blanc Day with five of our finest turns on this greatest of international white wine grapes
International wine days are eagerly calendared and celebrated by wine enthusiasts and while several grapes right deserve their annual moment in the sun, there’s one that stands out for its massive international reputation. Today is International Sauvignon Blanc Day and we’re diving headlong into this wonderful global grape’s styes and opening our best bottles. Sauvignon Blanc is factually a French native but in truth, belongs to the whole world. Sauvignon Blanc originated in France’s Loire Valley where even today it enchants the orthodox purist with lovely dry wines of subtle fruit. It is Sauvignon Blanc’s international odyssey however that makes for a great wine bar story, plonking the wine alongside Chardonnay as one of the world’s most planted.
Over the past many decades, Sauvignon Blanc has rooted itself in and adapted to several terroirs across the world, turning out a number of diverse styles. In the old world, the grape has yielded wines of great acidity and grassy notes with understated fruit and floral touches, while in the new world, it has unlocked copious layers of fruit flavours and added weight to its texture. Sauvignon Blanc also played a significant role in the emergence of many new world countries like the US, Chile and Australia. But nowhere outside France has Sauvignon Blanc found its best expression than in New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc’s success in the new world, especially New Zealand’s Marlborough region catapulted this fruit forward wine into nearly every home cellar and wine list. Known as Marlborough “Savvy”, this overtly fruity style of Sauvignon Blanc stunned the world into drinking lots of it. Cool climate coupled with ample sunshine and gravel and stone laden soils along with deft wine making have crafted a hallmark wholesome style beaming with citrus, grapefruit and pair, gush of acidity and clean finish. So we’re toasting International Sauvignon Blanc Day (May 7, 2021) with not one but two of our best Marlborough “Sauv Blancs” alongside a beautiful ferment from South Africa’s Cape Town, a fascinating Austrian style and of course our very own Daily Dose vintage. Cheers!