19.01.2011 14.Shevat, 5771
While its true that sauvignon blanc was once referred as ‘having an aroma of cats’ pee,’ don’t let it put you off some of the most refreshing wines there are.
It was not long ago that all dry white wines in Israel seemed to be made from sauvignon blanc grapes. Now we have become more sophisticated and there is a great deal more variety around.
Sauvignon blanc is at its best in the central Loire Valley in France. Wines with names like Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé are very dry, crisp and minerally with a lean, pungent, herbaceous aroma. Another country that produces wonderful sauvignon blancs is New Zealand. It is the sheer intensity of tropical fruit which is noticeable, particularly from the Marlborough region, in the South Island. Other countries making very good sauvignon blancs are Chile and South Africa. Sauvignon blanc is also the grape variety for Bordeaux white wines, normally partnered by Semillon….