Find your new favourite... Sauvignon Blanc Alternatives
A selection of white wines from around the world that are the perfect way to broaden your horizons without taking a blind punt. We've put together this case using wines that work well as alternatives to New Zealand Sauvignon with the aim of helping you to find your new favourite. We hope you enjoy, let us know!
Albarino from Rias Baixas in Spain, shares the same zippy citrus peel and lively acidity that you’ll find in NZ SB, a refreshing, crisp dry white that’s an ideal pairing with seafood, the speciality in Galicia is Octopus grilled and sprinkled with paprika.
Verdejo is Rueda’s premier variety and has fantastic peachy aroma’s along with cut grass and fresh citrus fruit. It shares the minerality of NZ SB and the acidity is well integrated with the fruit to create a clean finish. Verdejo makes a perfect pairing for fish taco's bursting with fresh lime juice and creamy avocado.
Vinho verde is possibly Portugal’s best known white wine, a blend of Avesso, Arinto, Azal and Loureiro. Not unlike NZ SB it’s bursting with tropical fruits with added lemongrass and perfect, refreshing minerality on the finish.
Potentially the biggest curveball of the bunch, Gruner Veltliner is Austria’s premium white grape variety and here Ecker have captured that zingy citrus fruit and starburst like acidity to create a light, easy drinking white that you’re sure to enjoy. Gruner pairs brilliantly with poultry so why not try whipping up some of the local cuisine, Austrian Schnitzel would work brilliantly.
Gros Mensang is mostly associated with dessert wine however when fermented dry like in this instance it’s full of freshly squeezed lemon juice and tangerine flavours. It has that crisp, dry finish often found in NZ SB and is the perfect wine for a midweek glass in the garden.
So we had to get a Sauvignon in the list, but decided to go to South Africa with it. Iona are located in Elgin, a region famed for Sauvignon in it’s own right. Here you get a delightful mix of tropical fruits and subtle lime and gooseberry citrus making it a great counterpart to NZ SB.
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