Sauvignon Blanc

Unique, exuberant, intense. The explosive varietal that awoke the world to New Zealand wine.

In 1973, as Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc vines were being planted, no one could have predicted that this variety would attain superstar status within a couple of decades. The explosive flavours of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc have dazzled wine critics throughout the world, setting the international benchmark for the style.

Pungently aromatic, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc assails the senses with red capsicum (bell pepper) and gooseberry characters through lush passionfruit and tropical fruit overtones, other notes include fresh cut grass, tomato stalks, grapefruit or limes.

  • Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s most widely planted varietal. The first wine made in commercial quantities was produced in 1979.
  • Early success at local and international wine competitions boosted winemakers’ confidence in the varietal, as well as consumer demand.
  • By the early 1990s, Sauvignon Blanc was firmly established as New Zealand’s flagship wine, with local and international demand increasing every year.
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Food Matching

Sauvignon Blanc’s ‘zing’ is a delightful complement to the fresh flavours of seafood, shellfish and white fish. enhance the effect with citrus or garlic based sauces. Crunchy summer salads and capsicums resonate with the flavours of Sauvignon Blanc; both the wine and the dish are flattered by the match. Tangy foods, such as tomatoes and vinegar based dressings, are other sympathetic matches. On its own, Sauvignon Blanc is a mouth-watering aperitif.


  • Fish, Seafood & Shellfish
  • Salad & Raw Vegetables


  • Citrus & Vinaigrette
  • Tomato


  • Savoury

Cellaring & Serving

0.75-2 years
1-3 years

Serving Temperature



Typical regional styles

Climate is the major factor in the distinction of regional styles.

NORTHERLY: Warmer, milder growing conditions result in riper and richer styles, with melon, nectarine and other stonefruit flavours.

SOUTHERLY: longer, cooler growing conditions that promote stronger, more vibrant fruit flavours and higher acidity levels. The resulting wines are more pungent, and crisper, with passionfruit and other tropical fruit flavours, red pepper (capsicum) and gooseberry characters.

Planting data

Plantings per Region (2014)


Overall plantings in the last 12 years





SOURCE: New Zealand Winegrower's Vineyard Register Report & Annual Report

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