You love Sauvignon Blanc and you love craft beer. What would happen if your two loves met somewhere in the middle?
Leave it to New Zealand and its signature Sauvignon Blanc to provide the answer. Josh Scott, the winemaking director at Allan Scott Family Winemakers, has fiddled with craft beer techniques to create a wine made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes and green sauvin hops.
Released in early May, this “craft wine” is called Green Hopped Gooseberry Bomb Sauvignon Blanc, and was developed to target beer bars around the country and in the states. Scott believes that the wine will appeal to craft beer drinkers near and far, especially since it’s served straight from a keg—not a bottle.
Following its recent release, Gooseberry Bomb is only available in New Zealand at Allan Scott’s restaurant Twelve Trees, but the winemakers plan to expand into beer bars across New Zealand and eventually overseas. Scott also hopes to continue experimenting with more craft wines in the future, such as a Gewürztraminer blended with Belgian beer yeast.
Learn more about the merging of your two favorite beverages at Stuff.co.nz.