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Blackdown Ridge - Sauvignon Blanc

Blackdown Ridge - Sauvignon Blanc

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Blackdown Ridge Sauvignon Blanc: A Sparkling Surprise from Sussex

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of West Sussex, Blackdown Ridge Estate crafts a unique range of wines, with their Sauvignon Blanc offering a delightful departure from the world-famous Marlborough expressions.  This meticulously produced English white surprises the palate with a vibrant character, showcasing the potential of Sussex terroir.

In the Glass:

Pouring a glass of Blackdown Ridge Sauvignon Blanc reveals a pale straw colour with delicate green hues. The first swirl releases a symphony of aromas – a medley of citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon zest, intertwined with hints of gooseberry and passionfruit. Subtle grassy notes emerge, reminiscent of freshly cut hay, adding a touch of complexity.

On the Palate:

The first sip is a burst of freshness, characterised by zesty citrus flavours that dance on the tongue. The wine exhibits a lively acidity, a hallmark of cool-climate Sauvignon Blancs.  Unlike its New Zealand counterparts, the Blackdown Ridge expression isn't dominated by grassy pungency. Instead, it offers a subtle minerality that adds intrigue and depth. As the wine lingers on the palate, hints of tropical fruit emerge – delicate pineapple and guava peek through, adding a touch of sweetness that beautifully complements the vibrant acidity.

Food Pairings:

The Blackdown Ridge Sauvignon Blanc's versatility makes it a perfect food pairing wine. Here are some delectable options to enhance your dining experience:

  • Seafood: This wine shines alongside fresh seafood dishes. Pair it with a platter of oysters, dressed with a squeeze of lemon and a touch of mignonette sauce. The wine's acidity cuts through the richness of the oysters, leaving a clean and refreshing finish.  For a warm seafood dish, try pan-seared scallops served on a bed of pea risotto. The sweetness of the peas complements the wine's fruit notes, while the acidity cuts through the creaminess of the risotto.
  • Salads: Salads bursting with fresh flavours are another excellent match. A classic Nicoise salad with tuna, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and tomatoes finds a perfect companion in this Sauvignon Blanc. The wine's acidity complements the salad's vinaigrette dressing, while the citrus notes enhance the flavours of the tomatoes and olives.
  • Goat Cheese:  Blackdown Ridge Sauvignon Blanc beautifully complements the tanginess of goat cheese.  Serve a creamy goat cheese log drizzled with honey alongside slices of crusty bread. The wine's acidity cuts through the creaminess of the cheese, while the honey's sweetness balances the wine's tartness.
  • Aromatic Curries:  For a more adventurous pairing, venture into the world of curries. This Sauvignon Blanc can hold its own against aromatic curries like Thai green curry or Indian coconut curries. The wine's acidity complements the richness of the coconut milk and cuts through the spice, leaving a refreshing finish. Opt for curries with vegetables or lean protein like chicken or fish to allow the wine's delicate flavours to shine.

Beyond the Basics:

Blackdown Ridge Sauvignon Blanc is more than just a food pairing wine. It's an excellent apéritif, enjoyed on its own before a meal.  The wine's lively acidity and refreshing character make it perfect for sipping on a warm afternoon.


Blackdown Ridge Sauvignon Blanc is a testament to the burgeoning English wine scene. This exceptional white offers a unique perspective on the Sauvignon Blanc grape, showcasing the potential of Sussex terroir. With its vibrant acidity, zesty citrus flavours, and subtle minerality, this wine is a delightful choice for any occasion. So next time you're looking for a refreshing and food-friendly white, consider venturing beyond the familiar and exploring the hidden gem that is Blackdown Ridge Sauvignon Blanc.


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