In this blazing summer heat there is no better way to cool down than with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, one of SA’s (and the world’s) most popular whites. The name Sauvignon Blanc means “wild/savage white” and is related to Traminer with origins in the South of France.
Typical Tasting Notes: The primary fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are lime, green apple, passion fruit and white peach. Depending on how ripe the grapes are when the wine is made, the flavour will range from zesty lime to flowery peach. What makes Sauvignon Blanc unique from other white wines are its other herbaceous flavours like bell pepper, jalapeno, gooseberry and grass. These flavors come from aromatic compounds called pyrazines and are the secret to Sauvignon Blanc’s taste.
Synonyms: Fumé Blanc (USA), Muskat-Silvaner (Austria), Feigentraube (Germany), Sauvignon (Italy)
Food Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc with its herbaceous notes pairs well with similar green herbs. Rosemary, basil, fennel, dill and chives. Softer cheeses such as goat’s cheese is a celebrated partner. Sauvignon Blanc will pair well with fattier foods as the acidity zips through.