Did you know that Friday May 7th is International Sauvignon Blanc Day? We all know and love Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, it’s hugely popular all over the globe with many wine lovers. From this gorgeous region at the edge of the world, we receive a little taste of heaven in our glass called Sauvignon Blanc! It’s aromatic, lush and simply delicious!
This zesty variety makes up 86% of all wine exported from New Zealand and international Sauvignon Blanc Day on May 7th gives us all an opportunity to sip and celebrate the diverse styles of it being produced! With the classic style being super aromatic, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc captures the senses with lush passion fruit, tropical, citrus and gooseberry characters and even fresh cut grass, tomato stalks, grapefruit and lime – it is unlike any other wine you’ll ever taste. More and more we are beginning to taste diversity in NZ Sauvignon Blanc styles through the use of wild ferments, degrees of lees contact as well as fermentation and/or ageing in oak, both new and old.
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In 1975 the first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in the Marlborough region and now Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s most widely planted grape variety. No one could have predicted the superstar status that this variety would attain within just a couple of decades. Marlborough is nestled at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, and is one of the world’s most distinctive and exciting wine regions. It is celebrated as New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and one of as well as one of the finest winemaking locations in the world.
The New Zealand wine growing regions are temperate and maritime in climate and when combined with its youthful soils, the result is a wine growing environment totally different from any other in the world. It offers the potential of making wines with freshness, purity and elegance; wines that are truly unique, memorable and delicious.
Situated at 41º latitude south on the north end of the South Island, Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest regions. From ancient soils grape vines grow and thrive, it is here that the sun first touches earth every single morning and where Sauvignon Blanc reigns, so grab one of your favourite bottles and join in on the celebrations this coming weekend!