International Sauvignon Blanc Day – WITGT Friday April 24

Brancott Fume Blanc 2014

From the New Zealand Wine website:

April 24 2015 marks the sixth annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day – an online initiative that started in California with St Supery Winery as a global social media wine tasting. This year, New Zealand Winegrowers will be leading the charge and holding events across the world to celebrate the variety that awoke the world to New Zealand wine.

Celebrations kick off in New Zealand and make their way around the globe following the sun. Sauvignon Blanc tastings and events are taking place in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Germany, London, Toronto, and New York, finishing 43 hours later at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Restaurants, retailers and consumers – along with global wine brands – will be celebrating Sauvignon Blanc for the day and participating in the Twitter conversation by using the “hashtag” #SauvBlanc.

A huge number of wine consumers are active on social media and events such as Sauvignon Blanc Day provide great opportunities to raise awareness of New Zealand wine globally, said New Zealand Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan. “Anyone can join the celebration by enjoying a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on April 24 and telling the world how good it is.”

I am kicking things off with a glass of Brancott Estate Special Reserve Fumé Blanc Marlborough 2014. A oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc, hence the resurrection of an old varietal name*.

Pale straw colour. 13.5% alc. Distinctive fresh Marlborough Savvy typicity on the nose, with a smokey top note. A smoother style in the mouth, less aggressive than other SBs in their range, with soft fruit flavours, green capsicum, limes, gooseberries and a short smokey finish. G 3.

*Interestingly, from Vincyclopedia:

Fumé Blanc is a made-up name, legally accepted as a synonym for wines made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Robert Mondavi deserves credit for this renaming in an effort to increase the acceptance and popularity of Sauvignon Blanc.

From the 1966 and ’67 vintages, Mondavi made sweet-style wines from this grape and labeled them “Sauvignon Blanc”. But in 1968, Mondavi changed winemaking style to produce a dry version. To denote the change to their customers, they came up with the name “Fumé Blanc”, derived from Pouilly-Fumé, one of the most popular dry-style Loire Valley wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. Rather than copyrighting or trade marking the name, Mondavi offered to allow anyone to use the Fumé Blanc name to market dry-style Sauvignon Blanc.

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