Both Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc are two of the most popular white grape varieties across the wine world. Wine lovers might get divided on which of the two is better, but there is no doubt about it that both of these are magnificent grapes that are vital to the creation of fabulous & delicious wines.
Let us take a look at the defining characters of the two, and the differences that make them stand out from each other.
It is interesting to note that both these famous white grapes originated in France.
While Chardonnay witnessed its origins in the Burgundy region, the Sauv Blanc grape was first seen in the Loire & Bordeaux districts of the French nation.
Since Chardy is from Burgundy, it thrives alongside its Burgundy partner – Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc, on the other hand, grows well alongside Bordeaux varieties like Cab Sauv & Merlot.
Aussie Wine Regions
Chardonnay styles from hotter regions are mostly crafted in Riverland, while cool climate Chardonnay wines are crafted in Southern Highlands, Victoria & Tasmania. Adelaide Hills and Yarra Valley are known for the production of Burgundian style Chardonnays.
Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Adelaide Hills & Padthaway regions are the most in demand in Australia.
Chardonnay varietals & blends are mostly dry & full bodied. Sauv Blanc wines, on the other hand, though are dry as well, but are light bodied in style.
Chardy wines feature apple, starfruit, pineapple and melon flavours. Since they are mostly aged in oak, these wines can give you a taste of butter, cream or vanilla. If you go for an unoaked Chardonnay, these nuances will be absent.
Sauvignon Blanc wines present flavours of white peach, green melon, passionfruit & gooseberry. If these are oaked, they exhibit the same creamy and buttery characters as any other white wine when aged.
So rush to your local wine store & get your hands on a bottle of each of the two.