Wine 101: Sauvignon Blanc
On the topic of Sauvignon Blanc Day, here’s a quick brush up on one of the most popular white wine grapes out there. To make things better, India is producing some really good Sauvignon Blancs, which can stand tall to a lot of brands even from New Zealand, which has been on top of their game for this varietal.
One of the original noble grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is known as one of the most straightforward white wine grapes. They make very distinctive wines known for their aromas and acidity. Most Sauvignon Blancs are meant to be consumed young and aren’t aged.
Apart from France’s Bordeaux Blanc, New Zealand has taken Sauvignon Blanc to new heights with its refreshing acidity and youthfulness, making the wine very popular and approachable.
The name takes root from French words sauvage meaning wild and blanc meaning white. It’s origin have been traced back to western France in Loire Valley and Bordeaux.
Nose: This is a fruit forward wine and this base characteristic doesn’t change despite whichever region it may be produced in. Common fruit notes include gooseberries, green apple, melon, guava, pear, peaches. Herbacious notes like cut grass and capsicum are common too, specially in new world wine regions including India.
Taste: Taste profile can go from puckering and refreshing acidity to a little more rounded palate depending on whether the wine has undergone any oak treatment. Generally, Sauvignon Blanc wines tend to be on the drier side, which means residual sugar content is kept minimal.
Being a fruit forward and crisp white wine, it pairs exceptionally well with salads, sea food, white meats, light and non creamy sauces and sometimes can tame spicy Indian food as well.
Bordeaux and Loire, France; Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, Waipara Valley, New Zealand; Sonoma County, Napa Valley, USA; Stellenbosch, South Africa; Italy, Chile. India too is known to produce some great Sauvignon Blanc in Nasik, Bangalore and now even Hampi.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc you should try:
Charosa Sauvignon Blanc
Gooseberries and tangerine on the nose give way to tropical fruits and minerality on the palate. The wine has been consistent year on year and is an excellent wine to drink on it’s or with salads and cold cuts.
York Sauvignon Blanc
Tons of typical tropical fruits like guava and gooseberries come together with hints of capsicum and slightly spicy notes on the finish along with very good acidity. Another consistent white wine from Nashik that we recommend you buy right away.
Krsma Sauvignon Blanc
Last but surely not the least, this wine always impresses us. This Sauvignon Blanc comes from Hampi, and the terrain definitely leaves an imprint on the wine. Lots of tropical fruits along with herbacious notes and just the right amount of acidity, it tasted better than New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay. Their 2016 vintage launches in June and is a wine you should always have at home.
Rs 750 (Available only in Karnataka)
This post was originally published on June 9, 2015.