Whitehaven 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
- Size: 750ml
- Item Code: 085000016268
- Vintage: 2016
The Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc embodies the quintessential Marlborough style—full-flavored and medium-bodied with notes of juicy peach, ripe tropical fruit and tart and herbaceous gooseberry. Showcasing a brilliant straw color and bright acidity, this elegant wine refreshes the palate with a long, clean finish.
Established in 1994 by Sue and Greg White and winemaker Simon Waghorn, Whitehaven Wine Company is a small, family-owned winery with big aspirations. Sourcing fruit from its own estates and from 12 joint venture or contract growers across Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere valleys, Whitehaven quickly established a reputation for producing quality wines. From modest beginnings, the Company now exports wine, through exclusive agents, to Australia, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine grape variety whose spiritual home is western France, but which has successfully made its way into emerging and established wine regions all over the world. While the grape might be more readily associated with the Loire Valley (for its pivotal role in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume) it is more likely to have originated from Bordeaux, where it was typically blended with Semillon, as it still is today. The late 20th century, however, saw the emergence of a new wine region vying for status as the Sauvignon Blanc region; Marlborough, in the south island of New Zealand. The rapid development of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc phenomenon has been one of the most dramatic changes ever seen in the wine world. The intense and readily accessible flavors offered by a classic Marlborough ‘Savvy’ (as it is informally known in that part of the world) have captured a vast market across the world, from the United States and Canada to the UK and northern Europe, Australia and Japan. In 2011 Marlborough produced roughly 65% of New Zealand’s total wine output, and 75% of that was Sauvignon Blanc. Outside France and New Zealand the variety has proved relatively successful in New World regions like California, Chile (particularly the Casablanca and San Antonio valleys) and South Africa, where some bottlings are truly world class. Even in Australia the variety can thrive in the cooler coastal areas of the south, and back in Europe, the cool, sunny sub-alpine slopes of Alto Adige and Friuli in northern Italy have proved well-suited to produced high quality Sauvignon. The key selling point of Sauvignon Blanc is its straight-forwardness – the flavors are rarely hidden away in the background. Also, the correlation between the perceived flavors and their descriptors are some of the closest in the wine world; Sauvignon Blanc is a great wine with which to begin wine tasting lessons. Classic Sauvignon Blanc aromas range from grass, nettles, blackcurrant leaf and asparagus to green apples and gooseberries, and even to more esoteric notes like cat’s pee and gunflint. The latter of these is a tell-tale sign of a wine from Pouilly-Fume, where the flint flavor (known there as pierre a fusil) derives from the presence of high levels of chert in the local limestone soils. So pronounced and consistent is this effect that Sauvignon Blanc was once widely known as Blanc Fume in this part of the Loire.