The Sauvignon 2016 International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration held in Marlborough last week was a wild success!
There was something for everyone, with informative seminars, speakers from all over the world, tastings highlighting the different styles of NZ Sauvignon Blanc and regional and sub-regional expressions, international Sauvignon Blancs, flights of ‘The Classics’, alternative styles and world class dinners – a Garden Party at Timara Lodge, the Kiwiana Beach Party at The Store (with a train ride and beer tasting to boot) and the Gala Dinner at Brancott Estate, complete with glamazons modelling pieces from the World of Wearable Art …and enough award-winning Sauvignon Blanc to flood Marlborough!
At Whitehaven we hosted ‘The Wild Bunch’ alternative Sauvignon Blanc tasting and lunch last Wednesday. Guests included wine writers and critics, international media and oenophiles from the world over. Nine wineries hosted this particular event and each guest had four Plumm wine glasses (a modest number compared with other events!), so you can imagine the number of glasses that were polished – and subsequently raised – in Marlborough last week! And the number of sore heads!
The Wild Bunch tasting included 100 alternative Sauvignon Blancs in five categories – sparkling, aged, lower alc, late harvest and ‘The Wild Bunch’ (my flavourite). It was a whirlwind tasting, with so many wonderful wines to try, including some stunning aged Sancerre from the Loire Valley and buttery Californian Sauvignon/Semillion blends from the Napa Valley.
The tasting was followed by a three course lunch in our barrel hall. And it wasn’t just Sauv’s on the menu, in case you were wondering. There was also a stunning array of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Syrah…
Sam Young from Wine Marlborough and Sarah Booker did a wonderful job of organising the entire three day celebration, including project-managing the delivery of all the wines and all the glassware for every single event.
It was definitely a week to remember and one to firmly re-establish Marlborough as the home of Sauvignon Blanc.
Cheers!! It might just be time to pour one myself!