Sauvignon Blanc, South Australia

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.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the countries vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
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  1. Shadowfax Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    A long cool growing season across southern Australia. A settled flowering led to good crop levels. Careful canopy management and some crop thinning allowed for full flavour ripeness. The nose shows passionfruit, some peach, liquorice and blackcurrant leaf, a touch ... Learn More
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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    James Suckling
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  7. 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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    James Halliday
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