Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters: the results in full

Views from the judges

Jonathan Pedley MW

“Given that Sauvignon Blanc is often criticised for being boring, it was interesting to see how many different aromatic nuances were on show, even at the cheap end of the price spectrum. Whilst most wines led with green and citrus fruit aromas, a fair number showed more herbal sappy notes, and a few were blessed with floral scented characters. I was pleasantly surprised by the balance of most wines: not too tart, not too alcoholic, and the sugar (where present) competently handled.”

Patricia Stefanowicz MW

“The inexpensive unoaked Sauvignons had greenfruits and grassy flavours, lively acidity, light body, sometimes with citrus zest and nettle accents adding a bit of interest. At £10-15 there are some expressive wines, showing intensity of aromas, typical Sauvignon flavours balanced by racy acidity. Above £15 the unoaked wines performed well, more consistently. The oaked Sauvignon are generally high quality. Beautifully judged use of creamy oak so as not to complete with the ripe passion fruit and gentle gooseberry fruit framed by bright acidity. A delight!”