Yao Family Wines has launched Sauvignon Blanc under the Napa Crest label.

Yao Family Wines founder Yao Ming said: "We’ve always intended to add a white wine to our portfolio and searched for the right vineyard in the right appellations to find fruit that would give us a complex and delicious wine."

Yao Family Wines launched its 2009 vintage of Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon in 2011.

"We’ve chosen two unique vineyards in Oakville and St Helena that provide a beautiful ripe melon character and aromatic floral notes."

Yao Family Wines director of winemaking Tom Hinde said: "Sauvignon Blanc has so many expressions in Napa Valley’s diverse terrier. We’ve chosen two unique vineyards in Oakville and St Helena that provide a beautiful ripe melon character and aromatic floral notes.

"The addition of Semillon fermented in neutral oak barrels gives it richness to balance the verve that makes it a great wine with so many cuisines."

The new product will be available for $32.

California wine label designer Chuck House created the labels for the Yao Family Wines portfolio.

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Recently retired NBA star Yao Ming established the Napa Valley wine company in November 2011. The company’s drinks are available in 24 markets across the US and worldwide.