The Drinks Business has announced the results of its highly anticipated Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters competition, and two of our wines have won the top gongs.
te Pā 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Oke, and Pā Road 2016 Sauvignon Blanc both won gold medals in the internationally recognised wine awards, with the results announced in late January 2017. As if the two golds weren't enough, we also picked up a silver medal for our te Pā 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, adding to its long list of accolades.
The judging panel for the Masters competition was particularly impressive, with ten Masters of Wine on board to swirl, sniff and sip their way to find the best examples of Sauv in the world.
So, what are the winning Sauvs like?
Our oak aged Sauv Blanc Oke has long been a favourite with our fans, and is always the top drop at tasting events we do. Made in a similar fashion to Chardonnay, and fermented in a mix of new and old French oak barrels, te Pā Oke is a sublime wine experience and offers wine lovers a different take on the classic Marlborough Sauvignon that so many people around the world have come to know and love.
Much like your favourite Old Hollywood actress, Oke offers poise and elegance, which is balanced with an intense and complex flavour profile. As you savour this wine, it will evolve and show layers and subtleties in your glass.
The newly released Pā Road Sauv is also building up a cult following of its own. Its generous aromas of grapefruit, blackcurrant, and fresh herbs make your mouth water, and when you take your first sip - POW - you are rewarded with passionfruit, green nectarine, and exotic lime flavours. With its subtle richness, and long, lively finish, this Sauvignon deserves every award and review it has picked up so far.
Perfect Sauv and food matches
Our team love to enjoy both of these divine Sauvignons with seasonal, local seafood: try it with a big platter of freshly shucked Diamond Shell clams from Cloudy Bay with a simple vinaigrette, or a crayfish slathered in butter, herbs and garlic and grilled on the BBQ. Love cheese? Of course, when it comes to Sauv, you can't go wrong with the te Pā favourite of chèvre (a fabulous soft cheese made from goat's milk) and crusty baguette.
We've rounded up a few more tips and tricks for pairing Sauvignon Blanc with food. Check out some of the pairings on Matching Food & Wine (Marlborough Sauv with Asian infused seafood, anyone?), or try out the nifty graphic match up tool on Wine Folly which tells you which herbs, meats, cheese, and vege go with your next glass of Sauvvie.
Get in touch if you want some of this liquid gold
If you're reading about these two award-winning wines and thinking you'd be a fool not to stock them or have them on your wine list, don't worry - you are not alone. Our NZ distribution partner Beverage Brothers will look after you if you're in Kiwi-land, and we encourage international stockists to get in touch with our team directly.