Miss Savvy La Blanc of Marlborough 2019

A bright and beautifully expressive Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, light straw-yellow colour with green reflections, exuberant aromas of tropical fruit, stone fruit and citrus, from mango to white peach to zesty lime, followed by intense flavours with luscious fruit sweetness and and a minerality that’s practically fizzy, juicy with a lingering salty finish.

Food pairings: This wine’s sweetness and luscious, exotic flavours make it a perfect pair for mildly spicy and creamy dishes such as Thai food. Also, its fresh acidity will balance out creamy or starchy dishes like fettuccine Alfredo, poached salmon with hollandaise sauce or chicken cordon blue.

Marlborough, New Zealand, home of the Sauvignon Blanc that is winning the world over.

This “Miss Savvy La Blanc” turns out to be a savvy mistress of disguise because, unfortunately, I have been unable to find out anything about the winery despite my numerous online searches. Vivino, a wine review app I use, claims that its produced by Hunter’s winery, but their website makes no mention of her. A mystery indeed, however there is much to be said about Sauvignon Blanc from this New World wine region.

“In 1975, when Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted, no one could have predicted the superstar status that this variety would attain within a couple of decades.”

vineyards in the Marlborough region of New Zealand

With over four decades of continuous growth in planting and exports, New Zealand has made a splash in the international wine scene and defined a new style of Sauvignon Blanc. Known for its explosive vibrancy and racy acidity, “Kiwi Savvy B” is characterised by powerful tropical fruit aromas with herbaceous and citrus undertones. Common aromas include passion fruit, gooseberry, white peach, pink grapefruit, lime, freshly cut grass, bell pepper and tomato stalk.

Marlborough is the country’s largest wine region with over 20,000 hectares of vines and 90% of New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc production. Its cool, dry climate paired with high sun exposure, stony soils and wide temperature differences between night and day are what make these wines so unique.

Despite its dazzling debut, many wine critics are now turning their backs on the wine. Some maintain that the increasing demand has led numerous producers to flood the market with lower quality wines in order to get their piece of the pie. For others the excitement of novelty has worn off and this style of wine is often criticised for lacking complexity and depth. However, wine consumers seem to disagree with over 300 tonnes being produced annually, 86% of it being exported.

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  1. I’m really hooked on NZ Sauvignon Blanc which has generally superseded my love of Sancerre and Menetou Salon wines. My personal choice is the Johnson Estate Spy Valley if you can find it. It’s one of those very rare wines where I can identify many single elements including bitter orange which lasts and lasts. It’s amazing value at only £10

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      1. I’ve had to go into my bin to find the alert. It was your current post Miss Savvy where I got an alert last Wednesday saying it had been posted! But when I went to try and read it said “oops, page not found” There was nothing there. But, the Miss Savvy post has just shown up today, but no alert for it!


  2. I need to add something to this post …. since it was written I’ve tasted a lot of Bacchus based wines in England from English vineyards. I do not have the bottom up sensory abilities that you have, but I would love to have a blind challenge between ourselves and say 3 bottles each of Bacchus and Sauvignon Blanc to see if we can discriminate between them. I am really struggling but a better skilled bottom up person might be able to do it?

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