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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Sauvignon Blanc - Rest of the New World

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Sauvignon Blanc - Rest of the New World (including Australia, South Africa & USA)

South Africa is by far the main player in the ‘Rest of…’ section of New World Sauvignon, seemingly able to master a variety of styles, from ‘fresh and zesty’ to ‘richer and more complex’, while still retaining a distinct South African-ness.

It’s not an easy trick to pull off, as other countries discovered – there were very few medal winners outside the Cape, and a bewildering array of styles.

Mind you, it’s hard not to have some sympathy for producers. Everyone has strong opinions on what ‘Sav’ should be, and there’s little agreement, as you’ll see from the comments below.

From The Tasting Teams

‘People have quite personal opinions about Sauvignon Blanc, but there were good wines from South Africa that showed a sense of place and the typicity of the grape.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘For me, the best New World Sauvignons are rich, ripe wines – they’re not too acidic, not too green, and can pair with slightly heavier foods rather than just being served as a chilled aperitif.’ Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club

‘There were dialled-down, lighter, fresher wines – those were the ones we put through for medals.’ Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers

‘I’ve always praised Sauvignon for its versatility, but what we saw in this flight was a lack of varietal expression. The number of wines here that were neutral was a bit of a shame.’ Joshua Castle, Noble Rot

‘If you’re going for Sauvignon Blanc, express the terroir, rather than just trying to be different or experimental. It’s not an experimental grape variety.’ Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair

‘I noticed a couple of wines with a smoky character that is typical of South Africa, and my favourites had this quality, really showing typicity.’ Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade

Award winners

Found 16 wines

New World: Sauvignon Blanc, Rest of the New World

Ghost Corner, Wild Ferment, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Elim, South Africa

Gold medal winner

'A very concentrated, textural Sauvignon Blanc with ripe lemon, lime, green apple and some green pear, with a touch of cream on the palate adding great complexity.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'I love this nose, leading to an amazing level of acidity. Fruit concentration, balance and very good length - a recipe for high-quality Sauvignon Blanc.' Tanya Mann, consultant.

£18.22 Bibendum

Meinert Wines, Meinert, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Silver medal winner

'Opening with lemon, lime and green apple notes, this is very fresh in style, with flint and seashell complexity, and an additional touch of green bell pepper to add a dose of spiciness.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'Good-quality Sauvignon at a perfect price point for a by-the-glass listing.' Raphael Thierry, consultant.

£9.25 Enotria&Coe

Ghost Corner, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Elim, South Africa

Silver medal winner

'A very complex, multi-layered nose, leading to a creamy body and a very long, pleasant finish. The acidity level is high, with amazing fruit concentration - this will be better after a year or two.' Tanya Mann, consultant. 'Big, bold and ripe, this is a rock-solid wine with great precision and depth.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

£15.74 Bibendum

Flagstone, Free Run, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Elim, South Africa

Silver medal winner

'A bold and broad style, with some smoky notes, as well as good freshness and length.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'There's a toasty note on the nose here, with quite an intense and savoury aromatic character.' Martin Lam, team leader. 'Creamy and smoky, with some citrus, gooseberries and green apples, and some aromatic notes too.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet.

£10.81 Matthew Clark

St. Supéry, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Napa Valley, California, USA

Silver medal winner

'This really shows the grape's more serious side - mineral and crunchy, with a nice silky texture. There's a hint of Sauvignon Blanc's varietal note of passionfruit there too, but well composed, with some lime.' Joshua Castle, Noble Rot. 'Full-bodied fumé blanc style with a complex palate.' Martin Lam, team leader.

£19.15 Jeroboams

Rikus Neethling , RNW, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Western Cape , South Africa

Bronze medal winner

'Definitely Sauvignon, with a pungent gooseberry character and some grassy, bright acidity that's also quite gentle and in harmony with the wine, all finishing with a little sweetness.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'Quite zingy and intense, with a crisp, juicy, friendly style.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

£7.75 Davy's Wine Merchants

Dandelion Vineyards, Wishing Clock of the Adelaide Hills, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

'A very concentrated wine with pronounced intensity of lime, pomelo and Granny Smith apple, leading to strong minerality of crushed rocks and seashell with a touch of lemon grass, to tick all of the boxes of a great Sauvignon Blanc.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'Some cool fruits from altitude add an attractive lemon zing of freshness to this.' Tom Forrest, team leader.

£27.28 Dandelion Vineyards

Kleine Zalze, Vineyard Selection, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

'With some really intense cut grass and bell pepper notes, this feels very savoury and quite textural, showing some additional grapefruit and lime fruit, and then a breadth of palate from both the texture and the acidity that's very appealing.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'Textured and fresh, with good fruit intensity, making this a good option by-the-glass, as an aperitif and for food pairing.' Raphael Thierry, consultant.

£8.02 Hatch Mansfield

Kleine Zalze, Cellar Selection, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

'This opens with lightly aromatic notes of lemon and grapefruit, leading to a gentle tingle of acidity on the palate - a fresh and zesty wine.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers. 'With notes of citrus and lime, this is a mouth cleanser, with additional pink grapefruit flavours.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.

£7.87 Hatch Mansfield

MAN Family Wines, Warrelwind, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

'Great ripe fruit concentration, with stone fruits and zesty acidity to bring some vibrancy.' Tanya Mann, consultant. 'This is dry and fresh, with green fruit notes, some stone fruit and lime zest.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'Fresh and green notes on the nose leading to a light and crispy palate, with a great sea breeze character.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.

£7.81 Enotria&Coe

Spier, Seaward, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

'This has notes of pineapple and mango, with lime zest, peach and apple, accompanied by some additional green fruit notes.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'A brightly aromatic wine with a nicely plump fruit cushion, making it a great match for ceviche.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers. 'Very fresh and zesty, with a herbal snow-pea character.' Tanya Mann, consultant.

£9.50 Bibendum

Southern Right, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

Kleine Zalze, Family Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£15.69 Hatch Mansfield

Springfield Estate, Life from Stone, Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Robertson, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£12.12 Bibendum

Alpasión, WhatAboutMe?, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£8.60 Alpasión

Cullinan View, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Western Cape, South Africa

Commended medal winner

£6.07 Matthew Clark

 

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