New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
The Different styles of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand is regarded as the finest place on earth to grow wines. The soil, aspect, weather, minerals present and proximity to the sea enables New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to grow exceedingly well. Yet often farmers think incorrectly that they can just grub up their pastures and plant some grapes and hey presto the money will come flooding in.
Certain regions are regarded as the best for growing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Each region will impart a different flavour and aroma to the wine. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for example imparts huge tropical fruit characteristics like passion fruit, guava and lychee. Whereas Hawkes Bay imparts more grapefruit and lemon characteristics to this style.
The Sauvignon grape is still grown throughout this country and is enjoying huge commercial success but it runs the risk of devaluing itself due to over production. The best growers such as Saint Clair wines ensure that they produce wine that are true to the region and style. They restrict the yield and work carefully with selected partners to ensure the quality. This remains whether it is for their entry level wines like the Bishops Leap Sauvignon Blanc right through to the iconic Wairau Reserve Sauvignon.
Saint Clair have even gone as far as to segregate their fruit into designated blocks. These blocks are occasionally combined together to produce a great wine but are often branded and sold as a specific “block” grade wine. Each block will impart different tastes and textures to the wine that comes from it’s fruit. This innovative drive for perfection continues into the tasting room. The team taste each individual block and will decide if it is good enough to be sold as a stand alone wine or if it’s fruit should be used in the more generic blends.
Some of the other well known growers in New Zealand have adopted similar high standards. Vineyards like Rockburn wines from Central Otago and Woollaston Wines from Nelson consistently produce superb wines.
So the next time you see a cheap NZ Sav Blanc on the shelves just be careful as it’s likely to be a fruit bomb and not the carefully created wine that these superb growers make. To be sure of the best quality choose wines that start at around the £10.00 price point and ones that are NOT on promotion. Otherwise visit many of the online retailers who specialise in these wines such as Wineman.co.uk where you can choose from over 800 restaurant quality wines and have them delivered direct with no minimum order.