Best Sauvignon Blanc To Drink This Summer 2022

21st July 2022

For many, Sauvignon Blanc is considered to be the definitive summer white. Now undoubtedly one of the most popular grapes in the UK market - perhaps because so recognisable a style.

Bright and refreshing on its own, but also perfect to pair with asparagus, goats cheese salad, or smoked fish, Sauvignon Blanc is truly a stunning summer wine. 

The best Sauvignon Blanc wines come from cooler climate regions & we've selected examples from France, of course, but also New Zealand, Chile and South Africa. The diversity of expression of the grape in the wines listed is surprising and ticks all the boxes for ideal sunshine wines.

These are wines for drinking right away.

Here’s our hand-picked Best Sauvignon Blanc To Drink This Summer 2022!

Best Sauvignon Blanc To Drink This Summer 2022 Here’s our hand-picked Best Sauvignon Blanc To Drink This Summer 2022


 

Los Seduras, Sauvignon Blanc, Valle Central, Chile, 2021

The latest vintage of this SB, to be applauded for its typicity to the grape variety at a fair price.

Bright, crisp and fruity; a lightly tropical perfume and then a juicy mouthful of grassy and pineapple flavours, with a refreshing finish. Drink this year.

Los Seduras, Sauvignon Blanc, Valle Central, Chile, 2021

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson, 2021

A Kiwi challenger, winner of a Platinum medal in the 2021 Michelangelo Wine Awards (scoring it 96+/100 and putting it in the top .75% of entries). Exotically scented and flavoured – gooseberry, elderflower and passion fruit.

Excellent weight for a wine at this price. Dry and savoury finish, typical of Sauvignon grown on limestone. Reminiscent of the excellent (and more expensive) Sauvignons of Springfield just up the road. Now-early 2023.

Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson, 2021

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Les Reuilles, Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc, 2020

100% Sauvignon from Entre Deux Mers; a light, fresh, red apple and citrus accented example. Heart of ripe fruit - a refreshing aperitif. Drink this year.

Les Reuilles, Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc, 2020

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2021

About two-thirds from the young Sauvignon parcels at high altitude Cederberg, plus a third from the Ghost Corner vineyards at Elim near the southernmost tip of Africa – hence the gannet on the label. Elderflower perfume. Juicy citrus flavours with an underlying note of nettle.

A vibrant and precise Sauvignon with a definite stony finish. Now-2023.

Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2021

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Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2020

The addition of about 20% Sémillon adds pleasing fat and moderates the grassy Sauvignon character. Herbaceous aroma. Limey freshness, but also well-rounded and with a custard creaminess. Now-early 2023.

Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2020

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Forges, Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire, 2021

Classic Sauvignon aromas of nettles. Green-fruited, lively and crisp but not in the least over-acidic.

Mouthwatering summer aperitif. Now-2023.

Forges, Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire, 2021

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Le Colombier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2021

Gooseberry scent - and gooseberry on the palate too, along with notes of crisp pineapple and kiwi fruit. With a lemony finish, this is correctly zippy. Now-2023.

Le Colombier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2021

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Mount Riley, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2021

From a family-owned winery, blended from numerous sites within Marlborough, including the Awatere and Wairau Valleys. Crisp, bright and zippy. Now-2023.

Mount Riley, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2021

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Fryer's Cove, Hollebaksstrandfontein, Sauvignon Blanc Fume, Bamboes Bay, 2020

From an extraordinary, isolated vineyard near Strandfontein 300m. from the Atlantic, cooled by the Benguela current. This is a tiny production wine named after the spring in the hollow of Bamboes Bay; fermented in French oak and clay pots, then aged in old barrels. Concentrated, rounded and complex, this shows fascinating notes of green fig, nuts, and chalkiness. Intense and different. Now-2025.

On the outskirts of Strandfontein, a peaceful beach resort on the Atlantic coast 300 kilometres north of Cape Town, lies a lonely 6 hectare vineyard 800 metres from the Atlantic Ocean. How it came to be there is a remarkable story. Viticulturist Jan van Zyl knew this area from his experience at the nearby Vredendal co-op, and wanted to try to plant cool-climate varieties. He knew the micro-climate was extra-ordinary: very often the vines here are blanketed in a thick sea-fog, whilst only a few kilometers away inland the sun may be shining and the temperature torrid. He knew too that there was limestone - ideal for both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir - under the top-soil. He then had to negotiate with a bunch of farmers to pipe in water from the Olifants river 29 kilometres away in order to establish the vines. (This has since become so expensive and problematic that Fryers Cove now has its own desalination plant).

Jan's persistence has paid off. He and the winemaking team turn out one of South Africa's most interesting and characterful Sauvignon Blancs. We also offer their fragrant, early drinking Pinot Noir - of which they produce less than 300 cases - which has built up a good following and tends to sell quite fast. The quality of their wines and the distinctive nature of their terroir has already demanded that the estate should have its own tiny, but official, geographical entity, Bamboes Bay. Previously the wines were made in Stellenbosch, but a winery has been constructed right on the dockside in nearby Doring Bay - water-cooled!

Fryer's Cove, Hollebaksstrandfontein, Sauvignon Blanc Fume, Bamboes Bay, 2020

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Waipara Springs, Sauvignon Blanc, Waipara, 2021

Waipara, about 35 miles north of Christchurch, lies far to the south of Marlborough, but the wines here are proof that this region, with perfect clay/limestone soils, can rival Marlborough as a source of top-quality Sauvignon Blanc. Waipara Springs was the pioneer here, with its first plantings in 1982. Exhibiting intense pink grapefruit flavour with a lingering, crisp finish. Now-2023.

Waipara Springs, Sauvignon Blanc, Waipara, 2021

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Domaine de l'Aumonier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2020

From organically farmed (and certified) vines, this is a long-established best-seller here, admired for its overt fruitiness – so there are tropical fruit notes alongside the more typical citrus flavours. Plenty of volume and mouthfeel. This makes a relaxing aperitif. Now-2023.

Domaine de l'Aumonier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2020

 

Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Silice, 2020

From a small block on very flinty soils in the heart of the appellation, this is an intense and ageworthy wine. Smelling of citrus peel and hawthorn blossom, it’s intensely grapefruity. In this hot year it’s smoother and rounder than usual, but with a splendidly long, steely finish. Now-2023.

Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Silice, 2020

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Greywacke, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2021

Greywacke is the creation of Kevin Judd, who was the winemaker for Cloudy Bay, and named for the high prevalence of rounded greywacke sandstones in the soils of the vineyard. Very high quality, showing considerable ripeness and concentration, lots of tropical and exotic flavours but also zingy. Now-2023.

Greywacke, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2021

 

Exclusive to Stone, Vine & Sun

We source our amazing wines from small independent winemakers and as such you’re less likely to find them anywhere else in the UK.

Due to their exclusivity, these beautiful Sauvignon Blanc wines may sell out. If any of our Best Sauvignon Blanc to Drink This Summer (2022) is out of stock, you can get in touch with us & we’d be delighted to suggest some incredible alternatives.

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