Over the years we’ve come to expect that anything from our family across the pond also comes with a good old fashioned serving of competitive rivalry … you name it netball, cricket and of course rugby, but there is one serving we love from the land of the long white cloud – and that is a bottle of the good stuff. And when we say good stuff, we’re actually talking about the really, really good stuff …. Sauvignon Blanc!

Nothing is more enjoyable on a hot day than a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Produced for the first time in 1979, Sauvignon Blanc placed New Zealand on the map as a wine-producing country, and its assertive, herbaceous style proved highly popular with wine-lovers from around the globe. Renowned for its tropical fruit aromas, Sauvignon Blanc  is now the country’s most widely planted and produced variety. Here are our top 3 drops:

Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
Fermented in aged French barriques, this Sauvignon Blanc displays tropical and citrus aromas framed by a fresh acidity and underpinned by a chalky mineral complexity. The palate is finely textured with gooseberry, subtle lychee and mineral flavours leading to a persistent finish.

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
An exuberant wine brimming with flavours of pineapple, passionfruit, stonefruit and a hint of herbaceousness. The finish is fresh, zesty and lingering.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant offering. Bright, lifted citrus aromatics of kaffir lime and grapefruit abound, supported by ripe nectarine-like notes. An elegant white with a concentrated palate reveals juicy stone fruit and lemongrass, supported by a lovely minerality. Its crisp acidity leads to a mouth-watering and persistent finish, suggesting a sauvignon blanc with ageability.

FOOD PAIRING TIP: All of these drops will pair well with summer fayre, in particular salads, asparagus dishes, seafood and many Asian (particularly Thai and Vietnamese) cuisines.

To everyone near and far celebrating Waitangi Day …. here’s to you, here’s to New Zealand and here’s to a great drop of Sauvvy B!


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