In your glass

In your glass

Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine that owes much of its popularity to winemakers in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France. The Sauvignon Blanc taste is very different from other white wines because of its green and herbaceous flavors. The name Sauvignon Blanc means “Wild White” and the grape is related to Traminer with origins in the South of France.
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most widely planted wine grapes in the world and because of this it has a wide range of styles and flavours.

It is unclear exactly when Sauvignon was introduced to the Cape, but it was certainly planted at Groot Constantia in the late 1880 and reportedly performed well there. The first varietal Sauvignon on the market was that of Verdun (now Asara) in Stellenbosch in 1977, with Backsberg and De Wetshof joining in 1980. The oldest existing Sauvignon vineyards can be found at Spice Route’s Klein Amoskuil in the Swartland, planted in 1965. The second oldest existing Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are at Bloemendal in Durbanville, planted in the early 1970s.

Sauvignon Blanc Synonyms

Fumé Blanc (USA)
Muskat-Silvaner (Austria)
Feigentraube (Germany)
Sauvignon (Italy)

Suggested Serving Temperatures

Unoaked 8 ºC (46 ºF)
Oaked 11 ºC (52 ºF)

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.

Most 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.

In your glass of South African Sauvignon Blanc you will be able to identify one of the following styles:


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.


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.


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.


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.

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CALLING ALL WINEMAKERS: ENTER SAUVIGNON BLANC SOUTH AFRICA'S FNB TOP 10 COMPETITIONWhile South African Sauvignon Blanc performs excellently locally and internationally, producers can now show their mettle in Sauvignon Blanc South Africa's annual FNB Top 10 competition.Entries open Monday 15 July 2024 for this exclusive competition which is presented for the 18th time by the cultivar group Sauvignon Blanc South Africa in partnership with valued titlFNBartner FNB and platinuEver Solutions SAlutions SA.A distinguished panel of leading wine experts, led by the Cape Wine Master Dr Winifred Bowman, will convene from Tuesday 27 August to Thursday 29 August 2024 at Uitkyk Estate in Stellenbosch to identify the country's best Sauvignon Blanc wines.Joining Dr Bowman on the panel are Johann Fourie, heaBenguela Covef Benguela Cove; winemaker MDe Grendel Wine and Restaurant and Restaurant; Mahalia Kotjane, owner-winemaker of Three Quarter Wines; Dr Carien Coetzee, oenologist from Basic Wine; as well as two protégés, NompumeHartenberg Wine Estateerg Wine Estate anNeil Ellis Wineseil Ellis Wines.Twenty finalists will be announced in September, after which the ten winners will be revealed in October at the prestigious FNB Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 awards event. How to enter • Producers can enter online at • The entry fee per wine is R1500 for members and R2000 for non-members.• The deadline for entries is Tuesday 13 August 2024, with late entries at an increased fee, accepted until Tuesday 20 August 2024.Read full press release on our website - #wineW#southafricane #SouthAfrica ... See MoreSee Less
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