Showing more depth of colour than most from 2011, this wine is round and rich in style, with an appealingly chewy texture. Grassy, herbal tones abound; the acidity is crisp. The food match? Follow Maui’s example and pull up a fish. Outside France and New Zealand, the variety has been relatively successful in New World regions such as California, Chile (particularly the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys) and South Africa. Even in Australia the variety can thrive in the cooler coastal areas of the south. In Europe, the cool, sunny sub-alpine slopes of Alto Adigeand Friuli in northern Italy have proved suitable for producing Sauvignon Blanc of high quality.
The key selling point of Sauvignon Blanc is its straightforwardness – the flavors are rarely hidden away in the background. Also, there is a particularly close correlation between the perceived flavors and their descriptors, making Sauvignon Blanc an ideal wine with which to begin wine-tasting lessons.