If you’re in the market for a Sauvignon blanc that’s new, a little different yet familiar, Bishops Leap Sauvignon blanc is the wine you should try. The vintners even sell their product with a screw cap, which doesn't detract a bit from its excellence.
From Marlborough, New Zealand
Bishops Leap Sauvignon Blanc comes from the renowned Saint Clair Wine Estate in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, now coming on strong as a producer of the finest wines. The Sauvignon blanc grape grows beautifully in this part of the country and the grapes aren't picked until they're at their peak flavor and ripeness.
A Crisp, Green Taste
The Sauvignon blanc grape is a green grape that has its origins in France’s Bordeaux region. In spite of it being a grape for white wine, it's not particularly sweet and has a lovely crisp taste that some connoisseurs describe as grassy or green, though there can be under notes of tropical fruits. This is especially pronounced in the New Zealand grown Bishops Leap Sauvignon Blanc. A Sauvignon blanc wine is a white wine and so is pressed with minimal addition of the grape skin.
What It Goes Best With
Bishops Leap Sauvignon Blanc is just the wine to go with white meat, crisp, green salads or seafood. It also pairs very nicely with goat cheese and can even play well with sushi. Sauvignon blanc wines are usually enjoyed when they’re young as aging doesn't improve them. Indeed, some people compare the bouquet of an old Sauvignon blanc to that of asparagus.
Sauvignon blanc is not only enjoyed best when it’s young, but it ripens fairly early on the vine. This makes the Marlborough Region ideal for growing this grape. The region is at the very northern tip of the South Island and enjoys cool nights and days that are hot and sunny.
Drink It A Little Cold
The best way to enjoy this wine is slightly chilled. Leave it in the fridge for about an hour, and then pour it into a long stemmed wine glass that will keep the wine far from the warmth of your hand. This makes sure that the wine stays chilled while it’s enjoyed. Since the bottle has a convenient screw top, you won’t have to worry about how to close it. Also, don't forget that Sauvignon blanc is a great wine for cooking when the recipe calls for a dry white.
Screwcaps or Stelvin Closure
often thought of as a closure for cheaper wines, screwcaps on their own are generally used for cheaper wines. It's only when the magical ingredient of a stelvin closure is added that the closure becomes one of the most expensive aspects of a bottle of wine. Next time you open a screwcap wine take out the small disc in the top of the cap and that is what you are paying for and is the major part of the stelvin closure. New Zealand wines are famous for using this form of closure.