Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful, green-skinned grape that owes its popularity to the skilled winemakers shacking up in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux regions of France. It is rapidly becoming one of the most loved grape varieties of Australia. It tastes much different from its other white grape counterparts like Chardonnay and Riesling, owing to the green and herbaceous characters it exhibits. The Sauv Blanc grape is loved for the crisp and dry white wines it creates and is even used as a blending partner for many dessert wines.
Amongst the most famous Sauvignon Blanc wines of Australia & New Zealand is a varietal from the revered Marlborough region – the 2014 Shelter Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Crafted lovingly by the experienced and hardworking winemakers at Jackson Estate, this secondary ‘Shelter Bay’ brand allows the company to sell distinct styles of wines at different price points, thus extending their reach locally as well as internationally.
Shelter Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 shows a vibrant straw yellow hue. Surrounded by pale green tinges, this white wine looks exceptionally appealing in a glass. The nose appears hesitant, but gradually exudes fragrances of green stone fruits, freshly cut grass, herbs and plush gooseberries. Subtle notes of tropical fruits follow close behind. The palate is medium bodied and dry, featuring intense flavours of stone fruits as well as juicy gooseberries. Secondary nuances of herbs and grass are also evident in the backdrop. The classic characters in this Sauvignon are supported by phenolic textures that fuse with the fresh and zesty acidity to give the wine a powerful core. The wine finishes lengthy, lingering and sustained.
Shelter Bay Sauv Blanc serves as an excellent match to salads, fresh veggies, and Mediterranean cuisines. Get ready for a refreshing and delicious wine to light up your Sunday evening; you can find it on the Just Wines website here. Enjoy your purchase!