Comparing Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough’s Mohua and Napa Valley’s St. Supéry for #SauvBlancDay

Sauvignon blanc

St. Supéry may have invented Sauvignon Blanc Day in 2010 to call attention to this refreshing, citrusy wine, the event  quickly took off and New Zealand has taken over leadership for #SauvBlanc Day, a global, virtual, day-long celebration each year on the first Friday of May, which this year is today, Friday May 7, 2021!

Pair Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheese and crusty bread

For your summery Sauvignon Blanc celebrations, may we suggest these Sauvignon Blanc which we paired with three cheeses made from goat milk. Sauvignon Blanc started out in France and thrives in the Loire Valley where they make the most incredible cheeses. Cheese made from goat milk pair particularly well with Sauvignon Blanc.

So many salads go well with Sauvignon  Blanc, but for an easy dinner, grab a bag of Ceasar salad and some fresh pasta and pesto to go with some chèvre and crusty bread.

Following the footsteps of France’s Loire and Bordeaux regions, heavy weights in the field of Sauvignon Blanc would undoubtedly be New Zealand and Napa. Both of these wines are grown certified sustainably.

Wines

  • 2019  Mohua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, NZ
  • 2019 St Supery Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley, CA

Both wines may be sauvignon blanc but they are very distinct. The wine from NZ is sharper and more intense while the Napa wine is rounder and richer.

Mohua Sauvignon Blanc

2019 Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
ABV 13.0%
SRP $16
sample for my review 

Mohua Sauvignon Blanc is made by father-son duo Lindsey and Fraser McLachlan; their wines combine their passion for great wine with sustainable practices. Founded in 2009, Mohua seeks to capture the essence of the land while improving it. Named after a small colorful endangered bird found in remote, pristine and majestic forests of New Zealand’s South Island, Mohua Wines is committed to bringing these songbirds back by providing funds for protection, relocation and sanctuary programs.

Located in the northeastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough has the Pacific Ocean to the east, towering mountain ranges to the north and south, and a broad alluvial plain that stretches from the coastline and rising up.

Very nice stelvin cap looks classy.

Color: Pale lemon, very pale, almost platinum, tinge of green.

Aroma: Lemon, sea grass, gooseberry, grapefruit.

Palate: Tart lemon, green Granny Smith apple, mouthwatering acidity, ripe grapefruit and lemon pith on the finish, seltzer water, calcium carbonate, very refreshing on a warm summer day.

Pairing: Good with our Ovalie Cendree making the wine quite sweet, there is an earthen funk in the rind that is enhanced by the wine. Sue loved the wine with our Boucheron cheese. I found it quite nice with the green olives on the plate. The  Buche Du Vivariois was the texture of cheese cake in your mouth and absolutely fantastic with the wine. Loves the salinity of the brined caper berry.

St Supery Sauvignon blanc

2019 St Supery Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
ABV 13.5%
SRP $24
sample for my review 

A Napa Green certified winery on Napa Green certified land,  St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery produces 100% estate grown, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, and additional red Bordeaux varietals. These  environmental comprehensive environmental accreditations covers every step from growing grapes to bottling the wine.

During the 2020 harvest, the LNU fires hit St. Supérys Dollarhide Ranch right after these grapes were harvested. St. Supéry decided to only bottle this wine from this vintage, as the other grapes were too damaged by the fire. Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund receives $5 from each bottle to honor their neighbors “who came to our aid to make this wine possible.”

Color: Pale yellow, straw.

Aroma: Ripe stone fruit, creek side soil, pear, pickle juice.

Palate: Lemon, Mountain Dew, lime, kefir lime. As it opens up, more stone fruit.

Pairing: This wine loves the floral bloom from the Ovalie Cendree cheese, bringing out a nice nutty characteristic in the cheese and enhancing the wine. Sue thought it was fabulous with the brined caper berries. This wine loves the sea salted Marcona Almonds.

Are you a fan of sauvignon blanc like we are?

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