DWWA 2011: New World dominates best value Sauvignon list
The top five value for money gold medal Sauvignon Blancs in the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards all hail from the southern hemisphere.
New Zealand already dominates supermarket Sauvignon sales, accounting for more two out of every five bottles sold in the UK. It also tops the charts for value gold medalists.
The country’s south island took the top two spots with Marlborough’s Vavasour 2010 pipping Nelson’s Waimea Estate 2010 in the best value Sauvignon stakes.
And who says Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t age well? A Marks & Spencer Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from Chile’s Limari Valley won a regional trophy as well as a position on the podium when it came to the world’s best value Sauvignon race, costing £9.49 a bottle.
Not far behind was fellow Chilean winery Valdivieso’s Single Vineyard Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda 2010, costing £12.99 while South Africa made it into the top five value for money Sauvignon table with Kleine Zalze’s Family Reserve at £16.