My wine labels

These are some wines I have enjoyed enough to scan the label. See if you can guess which is my favourite grape variety. I’ll give you a clue: You’ve heard of ‘Malborough’ and you’ve heard of ‘Oyster Bay’, well this grape was the one that started that all off and today produce the very best wines in the world from that grape.

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage and blanc due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France.

Originally from Bordeaux, but more famously from the Loire, it is now equally successful in New Zealand and South Africa. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce the sweet wines of Sauternes as well as the more prestigious Cru Classé.

It performs well on the drained chalky soils of the Loire Valley producing bone dry and highly aromatic wines and it is the grape variety behind Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

In New Zealand, David Hohnen established Cloudy Bay in 1985, named after a place that Captain James Cook visited during his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. Cloudy Bay produced Sauvignon Blanc wines with intense flavours that put it on the world wine map. Today Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand`s trademark grape.