Dual purpose hop data sheet

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Nelson Sauvin:



New Zealand Nelson SauvinBreeding:

A triploid variety bred from New Zealand variety “Smoothcone” and a selected New Zealand male. Developed at New Zealand HortResearch and released in 2000.  The essential oil profile displays “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.

Brewer’s notes:

A hop that requires judicious application in the brew house, this truly unique dual-purpose variety can be used to produce big punchy Ales as well as subtle yet bitter 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.

“Quintessentially New Zealand”

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

Technical data:

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

Alpha Acids 12 - 13 %
Beta Acids   6 – 8 %
Cohumulone   24 % of Alpha Acids
Total Oil   1.1 ml oil per 100 gram cone weight
Concentration   79 uL Oil/gram Alpha
Myrcene   22.2 %
Humulene   36.4 %
Caryophyllene   10.7 %
Farnasene   0.4 %
Citrus-Piney Fraction   7.8 %
Floral Estery Fraction   2.8 % (Linalool 0.8 %)
Xanthohumol   0.6 %
Other   14 %


Very much at home in the new-world styles such as American Pale Ale and Super Premiums.  This hop is considered by some as extreme and certainly makes it presence felt in speciality craft and seasonal beers gaining an international reputation.

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