By Connor Brown, The Grapevine in Gruene
Sauvignon blanc is one of the most popular grape varietals known to just about anyone who drinks wine. Originally from the Bordeaux region in France, sauvignon blanc dominates vineyards all over the world for its versatility and variety in flavor. And of course, with so many different climates and conditions in the world, no two wines will be the same, as flavor profiles are distinctively different depending on the region they’re from.
New Zealand is one of the most prominent producers of sauvignon blanc. The Marlborough Region is responsible for close to 270,000 tons of fruit that eventually made its way into a nice, chilled bottle of wine. The flavor of New Zealand sauvignon blanc tends to be very crisp and refreshing, with very prominent citrus notes depending on how ripe the fruit is when produced. A particularly good example of New Zealand sauvignon blanc is from Echo Bay Vineyards. This wine expresses an herby bouquet with rich notes of grapefruit and lemongrass on the palate. This zesty beverage is perfect for summertime sipping, or pairing with lighter fare such as seafood or chicken.
The United States is also very well known for its production of sauvignon blanc. This grape can be grown in every corner of the country – including Texas. However, while this varietal demands sunshine, it cannot thrive in high temperatures. Therefore, one of the largest and most reputable wineries in Texas, Llano Estacado, grows their fruit in the high planes so it won’t be pummeled by the extreme Texas heat. Llano Sauvignon Blanc boasts beautiful tropical fruit aromas, with a ripe lemon citrus flavor that carries a balanced acidity into a pleasantly full-bodied mouthfeel. This wine carries a complexity found in other full bodied white varietals while maintaining its light and zesty delicacy, making it a unique and great example of an American sauvignon blanc.
With all the different climates, regions, and other factors that go into making a good sauvignon blanc, winemakers have relied on this varietal to please the palates of the masses, and express their mastery of terroir. Come and taste your way into sauvignon bliss the next time you’re in our neighborhood, and find your favorite summertime sipper!