Nelson Sauvin

Technical Data

HPLC & Oil Composition (Measured within 6 months of harvest, stored at 0C)

Alpha Acids12-13%
Beta Acids6-8%
Cohumulone24% of Alpha Acids
Total Oil1.1 ml oil per 100gm cone weight
Concentration79 uL Oil/gram Alpha
Citrus-Piney Fraction7.8%
Floral Estery Fraction2.8%
H/C Ratio3.6

Grower comments

Maturity Mid to late season
Yield Moderate
Growth Habit Late shooting, vigorous spring growth, clavate frame
Cone Structure Compact cone, ovate shape
Disease Resistance New Zealand is hop disease free.
Storage Stability  Good
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An aroma /dual purpose flavour hop with distinctive “New World” white wine characters (12-13 % AA)


A triploid variety bred from the New Zealand variety “Smoothcone” and a selected New Zealand male. Developed at New Zealands Plant and Food Research  and released in 2000. The essential oil profile displays characteristics of  “fresh crushed gooseberries” a descriptor often used for the grape variety Sauvignon Blanc, giving rise to this variety’s name.


Described during selection as “breathtaking” Nelson Sauvin has the unique ability to impart a distinctive cool climate white wine “fruitiness”. The complexity of the oils profile has seen selectors stretched looking for descriptors to document this unique new world variety.


A hop that may require judicious application in the brew house, this truly unique dual-purpose variety can be used to produce big punchy Ales as well as subtle aroma driven Lagers. The fruitiness may be a little overpowering for the un-initiated, however those with a penchant for bold hop character will find several applications for this true brewer's hop.

The Quintessential New Zealand Hop


Very much at home in the new-world styles such as American Pale Ale and IPA’s.  This hop is considered by some as being extreme and it certainly makes it presence felt in speciality craft and seasonal beers while having gained a considerable international reputation in recent times.