One of the most popular white wines in Australia is the cool crisp varietal, Sauvignon Blanc.
Loosely translating to ‘Wild White’, this white variety was born in the Loire Region in France and is a parent to the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. Despite its European roots, Sauvignon Blanc has had tremendous success across the globe, particularly in our own backyard.
Sauvignon Blanc has been grown in Australia since the 1800s but has a longer history ranging back to the reign of France’s King Henri IV in the late 16th century, when it was first mentioned in written records. And despite its early start in Australia, its popularity didn’t take off until the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Typically, Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and high in acidity. These grapes interestingly also have a chemical compound called pyrazine which gives grassy or herbal flavours. This grassiness is particularly pronounced when grown in cooler climates. In warmer climates, the pyrazine characteristics diminish and riper and fuller fruit flavours like guava or passionfruit take hold.
Sauvignon Blanc vines develop buds late but ripen early. The grape develops best in temperate climates found in numerous wine regions as diverse as Bordeaux, California, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
FUN FACT: Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties are the 8th most planted grape variety in the world!
In Australia, Sauvignon Blanc has become the second largest white wine-grape variety just behind Chardonnay. It is grown in two major regions – the cool climate region of Adelaide Hills in South Australia, and the warmer but coastal climate region of Margaret River in Western Australia. This particular variety does well in sunny and cool areas and locations close to ocean breezes.
In terms of food pairing, Aussie Sauvignon Blanc is ideal for fish, sushi, sashimi, smoked salmon, or raw barely cooked tomatoes. It also goes well with goat’s cheese, salads, grilled chicken, and Mexican foods.
Appropriate Wine Glass:
When choosing a Sauvignon Blanc glass, it is important to consider the style of wine you will be enjoying. For instance, if you plan on drinking a young, fruity wine, it's best to look for a glass with a smaller bowl. If you plan to drink an older, more complex wine, look for a glass with a larger bowl.
Edenvale offers an excellent alcohol-removed alternative that doesn’t compromise on taste. Part of our Classic collection, you can shop Edenvale alcohol-removed Sauvignon Blanc at major supermarkets such as Woolworths, bottle shops including Dan Murphy’s, as well as independent retailers across Australia and retailers around the world.
Edenvale Sauvignon Blanc - A Best Wine Awards Winner & IWSC Bronze
Edenvale’s Sauvignon Blanc is dry, fresh, and distinguished by its wonderful fruit flavours, definitive capsicum, ripe gooseberry and herbaceous fruit aromas, and straw green colour. The wine is not bone dry and the flavours linger on a refreshing acid finish.
Proudly made from selected South-eastern Australian wine grapes, this premium alcohol-removed wine contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume well below the international standard for non-intoxicating and a level similar to that found in natural fruit juices.
You can order Edenvale alcohol-removed wines directly via our online shop.