A Beginner's Guide To Sauvignon Blanc
by Jasmine Tham on Apr 19, 2023
Sauvignon Blanc is the second most popular white wine in the world, after Chardonnay. In 2021, sales of Sauvignon Blanc grew by 38%, which was more than the rise in wine sales as a whole. It is produced in the Bordeaux region of France and it is known to be an excellent choice for those who are new to the world of wines.
Read on to find out more about the characteristics of the most popular white wine variety and the differences between the regions.
The Many Shades Of This White
Sauvignon Blanc thrives in cool climates and is typically produced in steel tanks, which gives it its greenish yellow colour.
When grown in warmer climates or when the wine is fermented and aged in a cask, these grapes can produce wines with stronger colours and straw yellow hues.
Sauvignon Blanc evolves from greenish yellow to straw yellow to golden yellow as it ages.
However, unlike most other white wines, mature Sauvignon Blanc's colours are not usually bright and deep.
Fruity & Herbaceous Aromas
Sauvignon Blanc wines have a medium body and smell of green fruit (like apples), citrus (like lemons and grapefruits), and herbs. (asparagus, green bell pepper, cut grass).
To keep the distinctive Sauvignon Blanc aromas, they are usually fermented in stainless steel tanks and rarely matured in oak.