Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape, that has become incredibly popular, with increased plantings in Australia over the last 10 years. It grows best in the cooler wine regions.

Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River, Orange in New South Wales and Tasmania are all regions which produce wonderful examples of Sauvignon Blanc. The coolest vintages have “grassy”, gooseberry characters, whereas, warmer vintages show more passionfruit flavour, but still with the trademark zingy acidity. In Margaret River, Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with Semillon, this creates a perfect partnership and a fuller style of wine. In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand's trademark grape.

Sauvignon Blanc is an important white grape in France, especially Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux, where it is blended with Sémillon to produce Bordeaux Blancs and Cru Classé White Graves. Elsewhere in Bordeaux, it is also blended with Sémillon, to produce the amazing dessert wines of Sauternes. In the Loire Valley and particularly on the chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The wines produced are very different to New World equivalents, they tend to be less pungent, more restrained, mineral with smoky, gunflint notes.

After initial problems, it is now grown very successfully in Chile. The wines are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character.
Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio or Grauburgunder is a white wine grape variety thought to be a mutant clone of the pinot noir variety. It normally has a greyish-blue fruit, accounting for its name but the grapes can have a brownish pink to black and even white appearance.

The once relatively unknown Pinot Gris (or Grigio) grape has risen by stealth to become one of Australia’s most fashionable whites, adored by the wine-drinking public.

Pinot Grigio / Gris vines were brought to Australia in 1832 as Pineau Gris from the Cote-d’Or by the father of Australian viticulture, James Busby. However, it had to wait another 150 years or so before it became an ‘instant sensation’ when Pinot Grigio pioneers Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy launched T’Gallant Wines. They recognised that the cool climate of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria was the perfect place to grow the grape and that consumers were looking for something new.
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  1. Giesen 'Lighter In Alcohol' Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sourced from the picturesque Wairau Valley in Marlborough, the fruit is harvested early, which is then pressed to tank for fermentation. A controlled ferment with hand selected yeast ensures aroma and fruit character are retained. The ferment is stopped early ... Learn More
  2. Miles From Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    WINNER; Top Gold & Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Class 05 (Riverina Wine Awards 2020) Gold Medal (Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020) Gold Medal (International Wine Awards 2020) Gold Medal (China Wine and Spirits Awards 2020) Tropical fruit aromas with hints of melon and lime. There ... Learn More
  3. Pocketwatch Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    "Our winemakers have blended a number of parcels of night-harvested grapes from vineyards across the Central Ranges, New South Wales, and fermented the wine with cultured yeasts in stainless steel tanks, to create an appealing fresh, fruit-driven dry white wine." ... Learn More
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  4. Miles From Nowhere Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    WINNER; Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show. Tropical fruit aromas with hints of melon and lime. There are some delicate floral notes too. Ripe tropical fruits dominate the palate which is crisp and dry with ... Learn More
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  5. Kindred Spirits Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Made by Aussie winemaker Corey Ryan & ex Villa Maria winemaker Rod Macdonald. In September 2020, Rod was named on a who’s who list of top global winemakers – The Master Winemaker 100 – as compiled by reputable magazine the drinks business (UK). Rod ... Learn More
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  6. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Pinot Gris 2019
    Grigio style - light and fresh, easy drinking. The nose shows bright, lifted aromas of nashi pears and spice. The palate is dominated by pear aromas and flavours with a clean citrus acid backbone. Underlying spicy character adds to the ... Learn More
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  7. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Pinot Gris 2018
    Grigio style - light and fresh, easy drinking. The nose shows bright, lifted aromas of nashi pears and spice. The palate is dominated by pear aromas and flavours with a clean citrus acid backbone. Underlying spicy character adds to the ... Learn More
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  8. Kopu Gisbourne Pinot Gris 2020
    Grapes for this wine were grown in the Ngatapa Valley region of Gisborne district where dry-farming practices have been employed for over 75 years. Post-harvest the grapes and juice were processed with care to maximise fruit flavour and intensity. The resulting ... Learn More
  9. Kopu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    The grapes for this wine came from two sites in the Awatere Valley and were machine-harvested at optimum ripeness to produce a medium-bodied wine with luscious tropical fruit, white peach, and a crisp green apple and lime finish. Taken from ... Learn More
  10. Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    A fairly vigorous fruit thinning was called for in 2019, with about 20% of the crop removed. The remaining fruit was picked early from Block 10 on the Napoleone vineyard, just before maturity. Pressed hard, then fermented warm on full solids in old ... Learn More
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  11. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Gris 2020
    Pale in colour with radiant green and yellow hues. Freshly cut pear, lemons, ginger and faint pine needle aromas lead to a mouth-filling burst of fruit flavour. Pear, green apple, light spices and white flowers on the palate are pulled ... Learn More
  12. The Hare & The Tortoise Pinot Gris 2019
    Pale in colour with radiant green and yellow hues. Freshly cut pear, lemons, ginger and faint pine needle aromas lead to a mouth-filling burst of fruit flavour. Pear, green apple, light spices and white flowers on the palate are pulled ... Learn More
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  13. Tempest Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    The fruit sourced for this blend comes from a range of sites throughout Marlborough, harvested separately and treated individually at the winery before blending by taste to achieve the ideal fruit profile and balance. Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc matured in ... Learn More
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  14. Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly grown grass given complexity by river-stone and white ... Learn More
  15. Secret Deal Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Gold Medal– 2020 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge Pale, almost translucent colour. Tropical fruits on the nose (mango, grapefruit) with a lick of almond. Very bright, zippy yet also intensely perfumed aromatics on the palate. Very energetic finish of lime and citrus ... Learn More
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  16. See Saw Organic Pinot Gris 2020
    Pinot Gris needs balance more than most. Cropped at the right level on our pristine Orange hillside, we have produced a wine that is luscious, beautifully aromatic and perfect with Asian influenced food. This organic Pinot Gris was harvested in ... Learn More
  17. The Lane Block 2 Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2020
    Clean, crisp and fresh. A classic cool-climate Pinot Gris displaying lifted guava, honeysuckle and crunchy Nashi pear with a waxy texture and lively citrus finish. From one of the oldest Pinot Gris vineyards in the Adelaide Hills at 450m elevation. ... Learn More
  18. Earth Mother Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Made by amazing winemaker Tom Hutchinson, this Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly ... Learn More
  19. The Lane Block 2 Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2019
    Clean, crisp and fresh. A classic cool-climate Pinot Gris displaying lifted guava, honeysuckle and crunchy Nashi pear with a waxy texture and lively citrus finish. From one of the oldest Pinot Gris vineyards in the Adelaide Hills at 450m elevation. ... Learn More
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  20. Patritti Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    A vintage that will be remembered for its challenges but also for the quality of the wines that were produced. Crop levels were low, in some cases very low, as a result of extreme weather conditions early in the season. ... Learn More
  21. Pedestal Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Passionfruit, lime zest and cut grass with a lively acidity and long finish. ... Learn More
  22. Mt Difficulty 'Roaring Meg' Pinot Gris 2019
    The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards in Central Otago’s Cromwell basin. This wine displays delicious very ripe Pinot Gris aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of rock melon, pineapple and stonefruit nice detail is added ... Learn More
  23. Mt Difficulty 'Roaring Meg' Pinot Gris 2018
    The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards in Central Otago’s Cromwell basin. This wine displays delicious very ripe Pinot Gris aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of rock melon, pineapple and stonefruit nice detail is added ... Learn More
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  24. Provenance Henty Pinot Gris 2019
    James Halliday: "It strikes a keen balance between richness of flavour and elegance." Brilliant straw gold in colour. Fruit aromas of apple, pear and ginger are all underpinned by a creamed honey like character often seen from this vineyard. When ... Learn More
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  25. Simao And Co Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Produced by the talented Simon Killeen, all effort is made to keep this wine as bright and fresh as possible. A small portion spends time in barrel prior to final blending in order to provide mid-palate succulence and depth. A ... Learn More
  26. Sc Pannell Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Expresses the regional and varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. Fragrant, complex and aromatic, the nose shows aromas of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white currant. This is more textural than most Sauvignon Blancs. The palate is balanced, crisp with lightness ... Learn More
  27. Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    For decades has been the benchmark in Australian SB. The style has remained fresh, aromatic, and pure. 2018 was a fantastic vintage for this wine. It is bright and aromatic with notes of grapefruit, nashi pear and nettles. On the palate ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  28. Sc Pannell Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Expresses the regional and varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. Fragrant, complex and aromatic, the nose shows aromas of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit and white currant. This is more textural than most Sauvignon Blancs. The palate is balanced, crisp with lightness ... Learn More
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  29. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of pure citrus flavours leaving a lengthy finish with refreshing, balanced acidity. Ideally enjoyed as a young wine, ... Learn More
  30. Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Shaw and Smith has firmly established itself as one of Australia's leading Sauvignon Blanc makers. The 2020 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc represents the 31st vintage of this wine, which is once again an exceptional Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. Offering lively ... Learn More
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  31. Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Shows distinctive Awatere characters of elderflower, guava, white currant, lemongrass and passion fruit coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime from Wairau components. The nose follows through to the palate - which is fine and soft ... Learn More
  32. Te Whare Ra Pinot Gris 2019
    Lifted aromas of nashi pear, raspberry, red apple and white florals. The nose follows through to the palate with the same flavours along with savoury undertones which are balanced by fine, supple texture and lingering minerality. Enjoyable to drink now ... Learn More
  33. Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Shaw and Smith has firmly established itself as one of Australia's leading Sauvignon Blanc makers. The 2019 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc represents the 30th vintage of this wine, which is once again an exceptional Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. Offering lively ... Learn More
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  34. Frogmore Creek Fumé Blanc 2017
    This Tasmanian delight is a tropical cocktail of flavours. An oaky style, it has sweet aromas of melon, pineapple and lifted herbs followed by candied lemon flavours. It’s well balanced, nutty and light with fantastic acidity and length. Try ... Learn More
  35. Chard Farm Pinot Gris 2019
    Floral and pear aromas with fig and date dried fruits leading to nice nutty notes in the background. The fresh pear and floral flavours highlight a lively and textured mid palate, before a dry saline tone brings back the nutty ... Learn More
  36. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Made by ex-Cloudy Bay winemakers, Dog Point is consistently one of the finest examples of Marlborough SB. Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of ... Learn More
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  37. Cherubino The Yard Pinot Gris 2020
    The Channybearup vineyard is the place where we break ground in single vineyard wines. The magic of wine is its ability to express provenance,. This is why, for us, making wines means growing grapes. The fruit was harvested at night ... Learn More
  38. Ocean Eight Pinot Gris 2019
    Lean, bright & tight, the palate shows balance between fresh citrus intensity with a touch of melon and hint of ginger complimenting the fruit. A clean and crisp acid finish, the wine will develop a nice oily mouthfeel with longer time ... Learn More
  39. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Sauvignon Blanc By Matt Thomson' 2019
    Made for United Cellars by New Zealand winemaking superstars Matt and Sophie Thomson. Matt was head winemaker at St Clair, but has made wines across all of New Zealand as well as in Chile, Italy, France, Spain, Romania and Hungary. ... Learn More
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  40. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Sauvignon Blanc By Matt Thomson' 2018
    Made for United Cellars by New Zealand winemaking superstars Matt and Sophie Thomson. Matt was head winemaker at St Clair, but has made wines across all of New Zealand as well as in Chile, Italy, France, Spain, Romania and Hungary. ... Learn More
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