To celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day, we put two of our buyers, Maggie and Bérenger, to the taste to find the top expressions of this white grape variety in our portfolio.
Pouilly Fumé Triptyque, Alain Cailbourdin, 2014 (70976114)
Selected from a parcel of vines over 70 years-old, and grown on the exceptional terroir of Saint Andelain, this cuvee is vinified in 300 and 600 litre oak barrels; however, the wine shows little evidence of any of the spice characters associated with oak use. What it does get from the oak though is the broadness of palate, associated with gentle micro-oxygenation (minute gaps in the oak allow for gentle oxygen exchange) and a certain amount of polish. This rich, mid-palate texture works harmoniously with vibrant acidity to balance the wine’s rich fruit: think mandarin peel, lemon and fresh-cut grass, along with hints of smoky minerality. It’s so complex but super balanced.
The occasion: Pull out a bottle of this Triptyque if you’re looking to impress the in-laws.
Touraine Oisly, Domaine de Pierre, 2015 (A9756115)
Touraine Oisly is a recent appellation created in 2012. The village of Oisly claims a long tradition of growing Sauvignon Blanc, and is known for creating a more rounded style than standard Touraine Sauvignon. Lionel Gosseaume has created a fine and complex example with a floral nose showing subtle hints of green pepper and mint. On the palate, the wine is phat – fuller and creamier than what we’d typically see in a wine at this price, with nettle and gentle gooseberry fruit flavours and a deliciously refreshing acidity. An elegant well-made wine that would put many a Sancerre to shame.
The occasion: It’s a whopper in the world of Sauvignon Blanc, and is the perfect dinner wine.
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, Peregrine Wines (B3920115)
This is an exuberant little number, just like the bird it’s named after. An elegant expression of the world-renowned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, its grapes are sourced from three premier Wairau Valley sub-regions, bringing distinct and consistent characteristic to every vintage. This is everything you’d want from a Sauvignon Blanc: passionfruit, mango and fresh cut lime aromas combine with fresh picked summer herbs and citrus notes.
The occasion: Grab a rug, pick up some cheese, pack the basket, and bring this delightful wine along for a lazy weekend picnic.
Yealands Estate Single Block L5 Block Sauvignon Blanc (A6866116)
With lashings of passionfruit, this wine certainly stands out in the Sauvignon Blanc line up. The grapes for this wine are picked from the L5 Block, which is situated in a very exposed area right on the coastline of Yealands’ Seaview Vineyard. It is the coolest, most extreme site on the vineyard and the wine reflects this terroir. The palate is rich and textured, defined by the mineral flavours that give the wine exceptional length.
The occasion: This wine is a true gem and will find fans wherever it goes. Take a bottle to your next dinner party, and you’ll be laughing.
Urlar Organic Sauvignon Blanc (65306116)
This distinctive New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has everything you want in bags – and is incredibly pretty to boot. Proudly family owned, Urlar Estate produces outstanding single vineyard wines using organic and biodynamic principles. Urlar is a Gaelic word that means ‘The Earth’, and in their wines the team is committed to bring an abundance of life back to the ancient soils so we can discover the purity of flavour inherent in the land. This wines packs a punch with zesty gooseberry, pepper, and lime flavours, with just a hint of passionfruit.
The occasion: Drink this with the hipster in your life.
Man O’ War Estate Sauvignon Blanc (B4736115)
Clinging to the rolling hills and cliffs of New Zealand’s Waiheke Island, each and every Man O’ War vine is carefully tended and harvested by hand. Fusing classic Old World techniques with innovative New World ideas, this wine is an exuberant expression of some of the classic New Zealand grassy herbaceous styles; fresh herbs, green capsicum, nettles and gooseberry on the nose with some of the riper tropical fruits expressed on the palate. It conveys the volcanic influence in the soil through its minerality and elevated acidity, which is well balanced with texture from the barrel influence and ripe fruit tannins extracted from the skins in the cloudy ferments.
The occasion: Drink this while watching the 2017 Lions tour throughout New Zealand.