1- Sauvignon Blanc, Origen
French origin strain with very good production and quality potential.
The Sauvignon Blanc is grown in France, Chile and California mainly. It is also found in Spain (DO Rueda and DO Penedés).
2- Characteristics of the sauvignon blanc grape
Small in size, very compact and uniform in such a way that the grains tend to deform by pressure between them and with a very short peduncle.
Small, round-elliptical in shape with green epidermis and very visible stomata and lenticels in maturation, difficult to detach.
With fairly thick skin .
Its pulp has no pigmentation, it is consistent but very juicy with a clear fruity flavor and very aromatic.
High vigor , with very high productions and yields.
Late flare .
3- Characteristics of the variety and the sauvignon blanc strain
It requires loose soils , not very fertile and not prone to waterlogging.
It has a medium resistance to winter ice and quite tolerant to spring cold.
This variety is very sensitive to gray bunch rot, euthypiosis and the complex of wood fungi including tinder.
It is also sensitive to mildew, black rot and excoriation.
Sauvignon blanc is sensitive to cluster moths, leafhoppers and spider mites.
It is sensitive to drying of the rachis, magnesium deficiency and intense drought.
There are quite a few clones in commercialization.
Its grafting on Malengue patterns 44-53 should be avoided.
4- Fertilization of the Sauvignon Blanc vineyard
It has high requirements in phosphorus and magnesium and, as it has a lot of vigor, it must be fertilized with little nitrogen, since otherwise many clusters are produced, since many buds of the year sprout giving wooden suckers.
The foliar application gives very good results in this range but can delay ripening.
5- Pruning the Sauvignon Blanc strain
It requires long pruning , as it is not fertile in the first buds. The use of long pruning is preferable to obtain medium-high yields.
It is sensitive to strong winds , since its branches break easily, so a trellis driving is recommended.
Requires removal of wood bud shoots on the trunk.
It is very well adapted to mechanized harvesting in both Guyot and Royat pruning, although in this case the yields tend to be lower.
6- Oenological potential and characteristics of the wine
It gives acid musts , with flavors of green fruits, grass and leaves, also reminiscent of currants, elderberries, mushrooms and flowers.
Sauvignon Blanc produces very elegant and balanced dry white wines , with varietal aromas present during the first years.
Late harvests or with Botrytis can produce great liquor wines.
The aging is not easy, unless the wine is kept in barrels long time.
7- Tasting of white sauvignon, aromas
The sauvignon blanc grape produces very nervous and aromatic wines , with medium alcohol and high acidity. Consumed young, the wines are fresh, dry and very aromatic, with little ripe fruit and herbaceous nuances.
They can be aged in oak barrels, being more complex wines with limestone, stony and smoky aromas.
8- Sauvingon blanc pairing
Sauvignon blanc wines are usually eaten as aperitifs accompanied by olives, salted fish, fish, shellfish and some mild creamy cheese.
It combines very well with first dishes based on salads with fruits, raisins, peppers, tomatoes …
It pairs very well with steamed or grilled seafood , without sauces that detract from the wine.
As more robust plants , we can take the sauvignon blanc wine in pasta and light meats and soft cheeses.
9- Video about white sauvignon
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