Sauvignon Blanc

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

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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, lush passionfruit and tropical fruit overtones. Other notes include fresh cut grass, tomato stalks, grapefruit or lime.
In 1975, when Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted, no one could have predicted the superstar status that this variety would attain within a couple of decades.
Sauvignon Blanc was commercially produced on our shores for the first time in the 1970s and is now New Zealand’s most widely planted variety.

There is increasing diversity of styles achieved through the use of wild ferments, degrees of lees contact, as well as fermentation and/or ageing in oak, both old and new. 

Statistics for production and exports of sauvignon blanc
Sauvignon Blanc Statistics 2018
Donut graph showing regional split of sauvignon blanc production
Varietal plantings of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand

Climate is a major factor in defining regional styles.


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

Southern: 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.

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Food matching 


The 'zing' of Sauvignon Blanc is a delightful complement to the fresh flavours of seafood, shellfish and white fish, and enhances citrus or garlic based sauces.

Crunchy summer salads and capsicums resonate with the flavours of Sauvignon Blanc, with both the wine and dish being complimented by the match.

Tangy foods, such as tomatoes and vinegar-based dressings, are also ideal food matches.

On its own, Sauvignon Blanc is a mouth-watering aperitif, especially on a bright summer's day.

Statistics for cellar life and serving temperature for Sauvignon Blanc.
Cellaring and Serving New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

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