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Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It is possibly a descendant of Savagnin. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Sauvignon blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and California.
Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavors" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes.
Wine experts have used the phrase "crisp, elegant, and fresh" as a favorable description of Sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley and New Zealand. Sauvignon blanc, when slightly chilled, pairs well with fish or cheese, particularly chèvre. It is also known as one of the few wines that can pair well with sushi.
Along with Riesling, Sauvignon blanc was one of the first fine wines to be bottled with a screwcap in commercial quantities, especially by New Zealand producers. The wine is usually consumed young, as it does not particularly benefit from aging, as varietal Sauvignon blancs tend to develop vegetal aromas reminiscent of peas and asparagus with extended aging. Dry and sweet white Bordeaux, including oak-aged examples from Pessac-Léognan and Graves, as well as some Loire wines from Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre are some of the few examples of Sauvignon blancs with aging potential.
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"This is an intense wine with some elegant softness. It is fruity & fresh, lively, with fresh herbs, citrus & peach notes. The length is full & vibrant & balances beautifully with the lively acidity present." - Decanter Magazine
Francesco Minini Grecanico-Inzolia Terre Siciliane IGT 2015 - Produced from fruit grown in the smooth hills surrounding the city of Marsala in Western Sicily. The grapes are two indigenous Sicilian grapes: Inzolia and Grecanico. In the glass a brilliant pale straw yellow, on the nose delicate and fruity with a pleasantly soft and full-bodied mid-palate. Serve well chilled. Perfect with fish, white meats and fresh dishes.
The blend combines the world renowned characteristics of vibrant young Hunter Semillon with lively Sauvignon Blanc & is best described as a 'user-friendly'.
Ripe passionfruit aromas on the nose are balanced by citrus & tropical flavours of Hunter Semillon on the palate.
Crisp refreshing flavours & only 10.5% alcohol - this is a perfect wine for the Singapore climate.
90pts - James Halliday
"There you have it: pure, unadorned Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc traversing cut grass gooseberry, passionfruit & lychee, mooching quietly along until it markedly lifts its intensity on the finish, with citrussy acidity joining the fray." - James Halliday