Sauvignon Blanc - Most popular white in SA
06 February 2012 by Leilani Sell
Personally Sauvignon Blanc is not my favourite cultivar. With
characters likes "cats pee on a gooseberry bush" and naturally very high
acid, I fail to see the romance in this wine ... but that is the beauty of
wine tasting, it is all a personal opinion and in the 'eye of the
beholder' or bottle.
Wine is associated with art gallery exhibitions as it is said they share a culture, and winemakers are often said to be artist and art is about personal taste. So it goes without saying that if you are a fan of this cultivar it is your personal taste/opinion. You are obviously not alone in this as it is said that one in every eight bottles of wine sold in South Africa is a Sauvignon Blanc. I do think that this is busy changing, with varietals like Semillon and Viognier being more and more experimented with, by consumers.
Sauvignon Blanc is a noble varietal, the home of this grape is France, the Loire Valley, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume’ appellations in particular, but Marlborough in New Zealand is probably the most famous area for Sauvignon Blanc. This area which is in the north area of the south island, is typically cooler than the north island itself, but has longer sunshine hours and this develops the fruit characteristics and keeps the longevity of the natural acid. These Sauvignon Blanc’s produce a very distinctive passion fruit smell and taste, which is unmistakeable for the area.
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