Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2015: The resultsBy Lauren Eads
Sauvignon Blanc has carved a comfortable niche for itself with producers and consumers alike. But is it time the grape upped its game?
Riding a wave of heightened consumer awareness, Sauvignon Blanc can, at present, do no wrong in the eyes of UK consumers.
Currently the UK’s top-selling white variety, Sauvignon Blanc has seen its sales increase in volume by 7% to 793 million hectoliters and in value by 8% to £637m in the 12 months to 20 June 2015 in the UK off-trade, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) 2015 Q4 report.
The average price of a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc meanwhile sits at £6.03, comfortably above the UK average of£5.46 (WSTA).
Capable of producing wines with unmatched vibrancy and freshness, Sauvignon Blanc is grown i abundance the world over, from its classic French heartland of the Loire Valley to New World regions of Chile, South Africa and New Zealand.
In cool to moderate regions Sauvignon Blanc results in high acid wines with classic herbaceous flavours reminiscent of green bell pepper, grass or nettles, alongside the aromatic fruitiness of passion fruit or elderflower.
In warm to hot climates, notes of peach and grapefruit are common, while successfully aged Sauvignons can develop vegetal aromas of asparagus and peas, despite the variety generally being consumed young.
The results of the second Drinks Business Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters are a testament to the increasing quality of Sauvignon Blanc being produced worldwide, with New World examples proving more than a match for the handful of entries from France.
Of the 157 wines entered from 11 different countries, including Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Romania and Australia, 139 received a medal.
Served blind and assessed without prejudice about their country of origin, the wines were arranged according to their price band as well as style, from low-priced to high, blended to 100% Sauvignon, and unoaked to oaked, to make the competition as fair as possible.
VALUE FOR MONEY
What the competition did show was the outstanding value on offer within the category, with seven of the 14 wines awarded a Gold medal priced under £15.
Of our Gold medal-winning wines, nine were from New Zealand, one each from Italy, Australia and South Africa, and two from Chile. Brancott Estate’s 2015 Sauvignon from Marlborough represented particularly good value, retailing at just £10, alongside Framingham’s 2014 Ribbonwood Marlborough Sauvignon.
Examples from Chile also delivered impressive value for money, with Coastal Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc Paredones from the Colchagua Valley DO and Santa Carolina Winery’s Specialties Sauvignon Blanc, both in the £10 to £15 category, each taking home a Gold.
A total of 65 wines were awarded a Silver medal and 59 a Bronze.
And while New Zealand took home the lion’s share of medals across the board, in the face of strong competition from Chile and South Africa, it was a US producer that scooped the competition’s highest accolade of a Master, reserved only for wines that are deemed outstanding by all judges.
This was bestowed upon Jackson Family Wines’ Stone Street Aurora Point from the Alexander Valley, which sits at the higher price point of £38.
Producers are evidently working hard to stand out in this commercially important category.
But with the majority offering stylistically similar wines to an increasingly crowded middle market, it can be difficult for producers to edge ahead. As Hugo Rose MW noted, Sauvignon Blanc “has to be spectacular to be above average”.
He added: “Sauvignon Blanc has to deliver at fixed points: the varietal character, a decent palate, crisp and good length. It doesn’t need to do much more than that to meet a market specification.
“There’s a lot in the middle so to shine above, it has to be able to so something very special, but I think the solid middle from a commercial point of view is no bad place to be.”
Indeed, while the quality and commercial acumen of Sauvignon Blanc remains high, a need to eschew the humdrum and elevate complexity and finesse within the category was a key talking point among judges.
“You reach a point where just being a Sauvignon Blanc isn’t enough – how far can you go with it?” asked Adrian Garforth MW.
“If you want to take a Sauvignon Blanc up to the next price point you need to play with oak or with other grapes. More of the same isn’t enough. You have to introduce something else.”
This, Garforth suggests, could be through creating more innovative blends or greater experimentation with oak or lees contact. Often used to give Sauvignon Blanc more body and flavour, the use of oak is particularly common in the US, where the style is labelled Fumé Blanc.
Garforth’s comments echo those of Richard Bampfield MW, who shared his belief that oak may be the key to Sauvignon Blanc reaching its full potential, referring specifically to examples from the Loire Valley and Bordeaux at a tasting held in London in November last year. Alluding to a belief that unoaked Sauvignon as a style has its limitations, Bampfield said it would inevitably have a “price ceiling”.
This, he suggested, was something that Sauvignon Blanc producers in regions such as the Loire and Bordeaux should address.
However while oak can elevate a wine’s complexity and structure it also “tends to bring out the strengths and the weaknesses of a wine”, noted Rose, with producers running the risk of over-oaking their wines and stripping out the variety’s trademark fruit freshness.
For Jo Locke MW, buyer at The Wine Society, blends are a more effective way of expanding upon the grape’s potential.
“In my experience, blending a small proportion of something else rather than using oak can also provide the same complexity without masking the fruit,” she said, adding that the danger in oaking Sauvignon Blanc is that you risk “losing too much of the grape” in an bid to create a “more complex and interesting” wine.
“Occasionally it works, but it’s not easy to get right. Where people are doing it successfully they are doing it with older oak and bigger barrels so it minimises the oak impact. Or you can blend it with a small proportion of something else – a little bit of Semillon will add breadth and complexity without sacrificing the character to oak,” she points out.
Rosemary George MW commented that “there’s no such thing as an over-oaked wine: it’s under-fruited”, stressing that “oak cannot be added for the sake of it”.
Despite the difficulty in its use, six of the 14 wines awarded a Gold were oaked, with the only Master of the competition also an example of oaked Sauvignon.
Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW, wine educator with the WSET, said the success of oaked wine in this year’s competition proved that the variety could benefit from an “additional layer”.
She added: “We felt overwhelmingly that the oaked wines, at all price points, were very good. It shows you that Sauvignon Blanc needs a layer of something, whether that’s older oak with micro oxidation or oak flavours. If it’s done well it adds depth, complexity and richness.”
Oak aside, the increasing quality of Sauvignon Blanc emerging from New World regions was another talking point. While Old World Sauvignon from the Loire has long ruled wine lists the world over, and will always be the grape’s spiritual home, producers from the New World have increasingly muscled in.
According to Beverly Tabbron MW, head of wine training at Hallgarten Druitt, consumers have “traded down” since the financial crash in 2008, with sales of Sancerre dropping, widening the opportunity for New World producers.
“Sancerre has that cachet but the prices are going up and we have less,” she said.
“There’s still demand but I know, with us, sales of Sancerre have gone down since the 2008 financial crash. People have downtraded. It comes down to the same old thing: you can’t label Sancerre and Pouilly- Fumé as Sauvignon on the bottle. The average consumer doesn’t know Pouilly- Fumé and Sancerre is Sauvignon Blanc.”
In comparison, New World regions are riding high on heightened consumer awareness of the grape, thanks largely to the runaway success of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
“New Zealand did Sauvignon Blanc a great service,” noted George. “That’s what put it on the map. It was this wonderful new flavour that no one had come across before.”
The region’s distinctive passion fruit, gooseberry and elderflower profile has become the region’s trademark, with Marlborough its shining star. Currently New Zealand is the UK’s leading country by average bottle price, commanding an average of £7.37, according to Nielsen – well above the UK average price of £5.46.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc meanwhile, remains the driving force in the UK market holding a 39% share of the category, according to New Zealand Winegrowers. But while New Zealand may have set the bar, complacency among producers could prove costly, warned Garforth, with other regions rising up the ranks.
“My nervousness for New Zealand is they get lazy and keep putting out wines at £7 to £10,” he said. “I think the reason people support that price point is that it overdelivers. New Zealand has to over-deliver to support that premium. All the other guys are working overtime to catch up.”
Expanding on this, Locke added: “I don’t think New Zealand has all its own way. There’s really serious competition from all over. It’s still an easy sell but actually there is a lot more out there.”
Acknowledging the variety’s potential within blends, Cherutti-Kowal highlighted the strong examples emerging from the New World.
“There’s some great Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blends coming out of North West Australia, and from traditional regions, and a little bit from New Zealand and Chile. They are taking a classic and putting a twist on it,” she said.
While the results of this year’s competition were undoubtedly positive, there was a feeling that for Sauvignon Blanc to reach the next level, producers need to bring another dimension to their wines. Whether that is through oak experimentation, blends or increased lees contact, the grape’s potential to raise its offer is clear, as is demand for variety within its ranks.
“I think producers have to up their game,” said Garforth. “With Sauvignon Blanc we are only scratching the surface. You can make a really great wine but not by being a Sauvignon Blanc alone. You have to play with it a little. It needs something else, a bit of funk, and when you get it right it’s great.”
Click through the following pages to see the full table of medal-winning wines
100% Sauvignon Blanc – Sparkling
|Sileni Estates||Cellar Selection Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Bronze|
100% Sauvignon Blanc – Unoaked
|Pernod Ricard UK||Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Gold|
|Sileni Estates||Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Silver|
|Viña Undurraga||Aliwen Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2014||Silver|
|Viña Siegel||Siegel Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2015||Silver|
|Viña Santa Carolina||Santa Carolina Reserva Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2015||Silver|
|Pernod Ricard UK||Brancott Estate Terroir Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2013||Silver|
|Domaine Tabordet||Pouilly-Fumé||Val de Loire||France||2014||Silver|
|Lutzville Vineyards||Southern Point Reserve Sauvignon Blanc||Western Cape||South Africa||2015||Silver|
|Riebeek Cellars||Collection Sauvignon Blanc||Swartland||South Africa||2015||Silver|
|Viña Ralco||Curis Valley Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc||Curico Valley||Chile||2015||Silver|
|De Grendel Wines||De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc||Western Cape||South Africa||2015||Silver|
|Carmen||Sauvignon Blanc Premier Reserva||Casablanca||Chile||2015||Silver|
|Casas Del Toqui||Terroir Selection Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda Valley||Chile||2014||Silver|
|De Bortoli Wines||Deen Vat 2 Sauvignon Blanc||Riverina||Australia||2015||Silver|
|Viña Maipo||Vitral Sauvignon Blanc||Central||Chile||2015||Silver|
|Lidl UK||Cimarosa New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Joseph Verdier||Domaine de la Colline – Sauvignon Touraine||Loire||France||2014||Silver|
|Cono Sur||Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc||Casablanca Valley||Chile||2014||Silver|
|Marques de Caceres||Excellens Sauvignon Blanc||Rueda||Spain||2014||Silver|
|Coastal||Extra Special South African Sauvignon Blanc||Durbanville/Darlington||South Africa||2015||Bronze|
|Viña Maipo||Reserva Sauvignon Blanc||Maule||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Doña Paula||Paula Sauvignon Blanc||Mendoza||Argentina||2015||Bronze|
|La Compagnie Rhodanienne||Vin de France Voiturette||Languedoc-Roussillon||France||2014||Bronze|
|Wingara Wine Group||Deakin Estate Sauvignon Blanc||Murray Darling||Australia||2015||Bronze|
|Rietvallei Wine Estate||Rietvallei Wine Estate Sauvignon Blanc||Robertson||South Africa||2015||Bronze|
|Carmen||Wave Series By Carmen Left Wave Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda Valley||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Lidl UK||Cimarosa South Africa Sauvignon Blanc||Western Cape||South Africa||2014||Bronze|
|Namaqua Wines||Namaqua Sauvignon Blanc||Western Cape||South Africa||2015||Bronze|
|Namaqua Wines||Cape West Sauvignon Blanc||Western Cape||South Africa||2015||Bronze|
|Calmel and Joseph||Villa Blanche Sauvignon Blanc||Languedoc-Roussillon||France||2014||Bronze|
|Viña Undurraga||Sibaris Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Monte da Ravasqueira||Monte da Ravasqueira Sauvignon Blanc||Alentejo||Portugal||2014||Bronze|
|Virgin Wines||Watchman’s Bay Nelson Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Bronze|
|Zimmermann Graeff Muller||Invenio Chilean Sauvignon Blanc||Central Valley||Chile||2015||Bronze|
|Viña Maipo||Mi Pueblo||Central Valley||Chile||2015||Bronze|
|Vins & Vignobles Dourthe||Dourthe No 1||Bordeaux||France||2014||Bronze|
|Riebeek Cellars||Partnership Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc||Swartland||South Africa||2015||Bronze|
|Leo Hillinger||Leo Hillinger Sauvignon Blanc||Neusiedlersee||Austria||2014||Bronze|
|Kaiken Wines||Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc||Uco Valley||Chile||2015||Bronze|
|Helderberg Winery||Helderberg Wijnmakerij||Stellenbosch||South Africa||2014||Bronze|
|Monte da Ravasqueira||Monte da Ravasqueira Sauvignon Blanc||Arraiolos||Portugal||2014||Bronze|
|Maison Vialade||Family Selection Sauvignon||Languedoc-Roussillon||France||2014||Bronze|
|Framingham Wines||Ribbonwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Gold|
|Marisco Vineyards||The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Gold|
|Craggy Range||Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, Te Muna Road||Martinborough||New Zealand||2015||Gold|
|Coastal Vineyards||Sauvignon Blanc Paredones DO Colchagua Valley||Paredones||Chile||2014||Gold|
|Santa Carolina||Specialties Sauvignon Blanc||San Antonio Valley||Chile||2015||Gold|
|Accolade Wines||Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2013||Silver|
|Cederberg Private Cellar||Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc||Cederberg||South Africa||2014||Silver|
|Drylands Winery||Drylands Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Kono NZ LP||Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Silver|
|Aresti Chile Winery||Aresti Trisquel Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2014||Silver|
|Cortes de Cima||Cortes de Cima Sauvignon Blanc||Alentejo||Portugal||2014||Silver|
|Australian Vintage||Nepenthe Altitude Sauvignon Blanc||Adelaide Hills||Australia||2015||Silver|
|Carmen||Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva||Central Valley||Chile||2014||Silver|
|Framingham Wine Company||Framingham Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Silver|
|Hunters Wine||Hunter’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Silver|
|Sileni Estates||Sileni The Straits Marlborough SB||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Silver|
|Cono Sur||20 Barrels Sauvignon Blanc||Casablanca Valley||Chile||2014||Silver|
|Santa Carolina||Viña Casablanca Nimbus Sauvignon Blanc||Casablanca Valley||Chile||2015||Silver|
|Virgin Wines||Whites Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Domaine Laporte||Le Bouquet Sauvignon Blanc||Loire Valley||France||2014||Bronze|
|Matetic||EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc||Casablanca Valley||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Noble Hill Wines||Noble Hill Sauvignon Blanc||Simonsberg-Paarl||South Africa||2015||Bronze|
|MontGras||Amaral Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Block No 7||Leyda||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Il Roncal||Il Roncal Sauvignon||Fruili Venzia Giulia||Italy||2014||Bronze|
|Domaine Gerard Fiou||Sancerre Blanc ‘Domaine Gerard Fiou’||Sancerre||France||2014||Bronze|
|Spy Valley Wines||Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Bronze|
|Accolade Wines||Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Bronze|
|Limestone Coast Winery||The Hidden Sea Sauvignon Blanc||South Australia||Australia||2014||Bronze|
|Little Beauty||Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2013||Bronze|
|De Grendel Wines||Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Kellerei Kaltern||Alto Adige Sauvignon DOC||Alto Adige||Italy||2014||Bronze|
|Lawson’s Dry Hills Wines||Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Bronze|
|MontGras||MontGras Amaral Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Bodegas Castelo de Medina||Sauvignon Blanc Vendimia Seleccionada||Valladolid||Spain||2014||Bronze|
|Craggy Range||Sauvignon Blanc Avery Vineyard Marlborough||Marlborough||New Zealand||2015||Bronze|
|Bird in Hand||Bird in Hand Sauvignon Blanc||Adelaide Hills||Australia||2015||Bronze|
|Dandelion Vineyards||Wishing Clock of the Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc||Adelaid Hills||Australia||2015||Gold|
|Montes Wines||Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc||Aconcagua Valley||Chile||2014||Silver|
|Domaine Alban Roblin||Sancerre Alban Roblin||Loire||France||2014||Silver|
|Mud House Estate||The Woolshed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough, Wairau Valley||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Gonzalez Byass UK||Jackson Estate Stich||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Beau Joubert Vineyards||Beau Joubert Sauvignon Blanc||Stellenbosch||South Africa||2015||Silver|
|Heirloom Vineyards||Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc||Adelaide Hills||Australia||2015||Silver|
|Viña Maipo||Gran Devoción Sauvignon Blanc||Casablanca Valley||Chile||2014||Silver|
|Viña Arboleda||Arboleda Sauvignon Blanc||Valle de Aconcagua||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Alpha Estate||Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc||Amyndeon, Florina||Greece||2014||Bronze|
|Alpha Estate||Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented||Amyndeon, Florina||Greece||2014||Bronze|
|Kellerei Kaltern||Premstaller Alto Adige Sauvignon DOC||Alto Adige||Italy||2014||Gold|
|Ackerman||Sancerre N7 Donatien Bahuaud||Loire Valley||France||2014||Silver|
|Jascots Wine Merchants||Sancerre Les Comtesses||Sancerre||France||2014||Silver|
|Giesen Wines||Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard Selection: The Matthews Lane The Fuder||Marlborough||New Zealand||2012||Silver|
|Viña Maipo||Viña Canepa Reserva Famiglia Sauvignon Blanc||Casablanca||Chile||2015||Bronze|
|Zonin 1821||Tenuta Ca Bolani Aquilis Sauvignon Friuli Aquileia DOC||Friuli||Italy||2014||Bronze|
100% Sauvignon Blanc – Oaked
|Lidl UK||Chevalier de Fauvert Pays d’Oc Sauvignon Blanc||Languedoc-Roussillon||France||2014||Silver|
|Mission Estate||Reserve Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Hunter’s Wine||Hunter’s Kaho Roa Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2013||Gold|
|Overhex Wines International||Survivor Sauvignon Blanc||Swartland||South Africa||2015||Silver|
|Harwood Hall Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2010||Silver|
|Australian Vintage||Nepenthe Petraea Sauvignon Blanc||Adelaide Hills||Australia||2014||Silver|
|Viña Valdivieso||Single Valley Lot Reserva Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2015||Silver|
|Ohau Wines||Ohau Woven Stone Sauvignon Blanc||Ohau||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Viña Valdivieso||Winemaker Reserva Sauvignon Blanc||Curico||Chile||2015||Bronze|
|Viña Valdivieso||Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc||Leyda||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Reyneke||Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc||Stellenbosch||Western Cape||2014||Bronze|
|Elephant Hill Estate & Winery||Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc||Hawke’s Bay||New Zealand||2014||Bronze|
|Reyneke||Reyneke Reserve White||Stellenbosch||Western Cape||2013||Gold|
|Cederberg Private Cellar||Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc||Elim||South Africa||2014||Silver|
|Elephant Hill Estate & Winery||Elephant Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc||Hawkes Bay||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Sustainable Wines||Ohau Gravels Sauvignon Blanc||Ohau||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Larry Cherubino Wines||Cherubino Pemberton Sauvignon Blanc||Pemberton||Australia||2015||Silver|
|Larry Cherubino Wines||The Yard Channybearup Sauvignon Blanc||Pemberton||Australia||2015||Bronze|
|Santolin Wines||Santolin Individual Vineyard Sauvignon||Yarra Valley||Australia||2014||Bronze|
|Viña Santa Rita||Santa Rita Floresta Sauvignon Blanc||Central Valley||Chile||2013||Bronze|
|Gem||Gem Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2008||Gold|
|Marisco Vineyards||The Craft Series Pride and Glory||Marlborough||New Zealand||2011||Gold|
|Vinultra||Little Black Beauty Edition Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2012||Gold|
|Marisco Vineyards||The Craft Series Pride and Glory||Marlborough||New Zealand||2013||Silver|
|Castelfeder KG||Sauvignon Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT ‘RAIF’||Alto Adige||Italy||2014||Silver|
|Jackson Family Wines||Stonestreet Aurora Point Sauvignon Blanc||Alexander Valley||USA||2012||Master|
100% Sauvignon Blanc – Sweet
|Sileni Estates||Sileni Exceptional Vintage Pourriture Noble||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Marisco Vineyards||The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2013||Silver|
|Marisco Vineyards||The King’s A Sticky End||Marlborough||New Zealand||2013||Gold|
Sauvignon Blanc blend (min 80%) – Unoaked
|Marlborough Valley Wines||Tukituki Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Marlborough Valley Wines||Extra Special Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|La Moneda||La Moneda Sauvignon Blanc||Central Valley||Chile||2015||Silver|
|Viña Santa Rita||Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc||Central Valley||Chile||2015||Silver|
|Viña Concha y Toro||Reservado Sauvignon Blanc||Central Valley||Chile||2014||Bronze|
|Mission Estate||Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|Saint Clair||Founders 78 Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough||New Zealand||2014||Silver|
|La Motte Wine Estate||La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc||Cape South Coast||South Africa||2015||Silver|
|Silverado Vineyards||Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc||Napa Valley||USA||2014||Bronze|
Sauvignon Blanc blend (min 80%) – Oaked
|Paul Cluver Wines||Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc||Elgin Valley||South Africa||2015||Silver|
|Wingara Wine Group||Katnook Estate Sauvignon Blanc||Coonawarra||Australia||2014||Bronze|
|Jackson Family Wines||Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc||California||USA||2013||Silver|
|Jackson Family Wines||Matanzas Creek Winery Bennett Valley Sauvignon Blanc||Bennett Valley||USA||2015||Silver|