M ost Sauvignons are either made in a fresh, fruity style for early drinking, or are able to age for a few years. There are a few wooded varietal wines, but blends with Sémillon, either variety representing the major partner, are increasing, particularly in cooler, coastal areas. Botrytis-infected Sauvignon is also used for Noble Late Harvest wines.
The most noteworthy characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc is its unique and powerful aroma, which can awaken scents of grapefruit, flint, lime, green melon, gooseberry, passion fruit, freshly mown grass, and bell pepper.
In your glass of South African Sauvignon Blanc you will be able to identify one of the following styles:
Tropical and Yellow Fruit
Lush, tropical flavours and aromas of papaya, guava, banana and pineapple coupled with stonefruit (apricot, peach, nectarine), and some citrus elements. Also some floral notes (orange blossom and geranium). Mostly associated with warmer climate areas with relatively high levels of diurnal temperature fluctuation.
Spicy and Herbaceous
Racy flavours and aromas such as capsicum, paprika, fresh and canned asparagus, tinned peas, grass, nettles, English gooseberry, grass, tomato vine, celery and herbs. Mostly found in cooler-climate areas with onshore breezes cooling the vineyards, or high-lying vineyards protected from extreme heat.
Flinty and Mineral
More austere, lean flavours and aromas such as gunflint, river pebbles, steel and smokiness, coupled with earthy undertones of mushroom, damp earth and the smell of rain falling on a dirt road. Mostly found in temperate climate areas with moderate fluctuation in diurnal temperatures.
Lime, Green Melon and Grapefruit
Zippy, racy flavours and aromas of fresh citrus coupled with spring buds, white flowers and very clean and refreshing on the palate. Mostly associated with cooler climate areas, or vineyards with high altitude or receiving cool ocean breezes.
- Unoaked 8 ºC (46 ºF)
- Oaked 11 ºC (52 ºF)Suggested Serving Temperatures for your Sauvignon Blanc