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Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is proof that the New World can take an Old World grape variety and give it a completely new lease of life. In doing so, our mates down under in New Zealand have created a racy little number, with all the trademark acidity of Classic Sauvignon Blanc, yet loaded with much more fruit.
If you like your white wines with a big dollop of acidity, then a Kiwi Style Sauvignon Blanc is definitely for you. With hints of tropical fruit flavours, including everything from grassy tones through to asparagus and gooseberries, a Kiwi Style Sauvignon Blanc is a lovely, refreshing wine with a zingy edge.
The home of Kiwi Style Sauvignon Blanc is Marlborough in New Zealand. New Zealand wine-makers started doing big things with it in the 1980's and by the 1990's it had been established as the country's flagship wine. Cloudy Bay, in particular, is the epitome of this grape style. It has earned a reputation for very esteemed wines but, as with any region that has a strong following with wine drinkers, this comes at a price. But this doesn't mean to say that you'll have to take out a small mortgage if you want a taste of a Kiwi Style Sauvignon though. You'll find a number of cheaper options in other regions in New Zealand and a number of other New World countries are following in the footsteps of the Kiwi's, producing their own take on this wine style. With all the tropical fruit flavours and trademark zing, South Africa and Chile are great places to look if you want a value alternative to the Kiwi Sauvignon style of wine.
Kiwi Style Sauvignon Blanc is a great match for food. Sauvignon Blanc is naturally quite acidic and the acidity in the wine works wonders against oily textures in foods. In particular, it tastes amazing with fresh fish and seafood, as well as oily or citrus-based dressings. Kiwi Style Sauvignon Blanc can also be a refreshing drink on its own, although you might find that it can be quite heavy on an empty stomach.
New Zealand may have made its name for Sauvignon Blanc in the last decade or two but Sauvignon Blanc's roots actually lie in Sancerre in the Loire in France. With the same famous grassy, zingy notes, Classic Style Sauvignon Blancs are slightly less fruity and up front than Kiwi Style Sauvignon Blancs. But that's not to say that they are inferior by any stretch of the imagination. Classic Style Sauvignon Blancs, particularly those from Sancerre, are some of the finest (and expensive) dry white wines you'll come across in the world.
If you are a fan of Kiwi Style Sauvignon Blanc but fancy something a little different then you might also like the tropical fruitiness also found in Fragrant but Dry wine such as Chenin Blanc or the freshness of a Clean and Crisp style wine such as Pinot Grigio.