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Sauvignon Blanc 

  

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French word sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France.

Describing Sauvignon Blanc
The most salient characteristic of Sauvignon Blanc is its distinctive taste and penetrating aroma, and is one of the easier varietals to recognise.  Its flavour is often described as "cat's pee on a gooseberry bush”.  It is strongly aromatic, herbaceous with a green fruit quality.
The most common (but not exclusive) smell and/or flavour elements found in Sauvignon Blanc wines include:
Herbaceous: freshly cut grass, hay, nettles, gooseberry, blackcurrent leaf, weeds, and lemon-grass.
Vegetal: bell peppers, green beans, green olives, asparagus, and capsicum.
Fruity: tropical fruit, guava, passion-fruit, fig, melon, pear, pineapple, green apple, and citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon, lime).
Aggressive: flinty, gunflint, tin, mineral, and “catbox”.

Drinking Sauvignon Blanc with Food
Sauvignon Blanc is a very versatile food wine.  It will happily belong at the beginning of a meal as well as hold its own during a main course.  Its high acid and fresh, piercing style are a fantastic match for many dishes and compliments everything from seafood and shellfish and a Caesar Salad to fried chickens and aged cheese.  It is a wine that also works well with foods that are difficult to pair wine with.  The naturally herbaceous quality of the wine makes it delicious with fresh herbs, and its high natural acidity enables it to stand up to foods with higher acidity, like goat cheese, tomatoes, and yogurt.