Wine Talk | Sauvignon Blanc

After drinking a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, I have learned to appreciate this grape in different ways.

Today we talk about this very famous and sometimes controversial grape,  the sauvignon blanc. When talking about sauvignon blanc, people are divided into two camps. Some love it, and others really hate it. It reminds me of fans and critics of the Durian fruit.

Sauvignon blanc is widely grown across world wine-growing regions. In Bordeaux, it is usually blended with Semillon to produce a noble wine that is full of flavors and aromas, very elegant and chubby. This traditional blending combines the advantages of the two grapes and makes them complement each other nicely. But in New Zealand, there is an alternative story:

Some people have described the sauvignon blanc of New Zealand like the smell of a cat peeing on a gooseberry, especially the 100% sauvignon blanc. After I heard this, I felt a little strange when looking at my cat, and I even bought some gooseberry for him, so that the smell of “sauvignon blanc” would linger all day in my house. Unfortunately, I had to finally give up because the smell was too “full-bodied” and I couldn’t stand it.

Honestly, I’d say it actually has more of a smell of very fresh grass, which matches the hot summer very well. If you want to try sauvignon blanc this summer, I’d suggest that you try some unoaked ones from Marlborough, New Zealand and chill them before drinking. It is the perfect match for a warm summer night.

As we all know, New Zealand is among the purest place in the world, so why would we expect its wine to be any different? They are pure, clear and loyal to nature. As for the price, most New Zealand wines are comparatively priced and quite affordable. You can find very high-quality NZ wines for around 200-300 RMB.

President of Shanghai MBA&EMBA wine Federation
Visiting lecturer of Antai College of Economics & Management, SJTU