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Iuris Saltwater Sauvignon Blanc 2017
As refreshing as a summer dip in the sea, this featherlight Sauvignon Blanc exudes lemony freshness, salty minerality and hints of elderberries on the nose. Take a sip and you’ll immediately feel energized by the vibrant acidity and lively citrus flavours which make this an excellent match for scallops, pan-fried white fish or creamy risottos. Thanks to the vivacious personality of this white, you can even serve it alongside tricky ingredients like asparagus or artichokes which can be very difficult to pair with wine.
This versatile and gastronomic Sauvignon Blanc is the work of Iuris Winery based in the Danube region of Croatia. Although the winery itself only dates back to 1977, many of the vineyards on the site were planted in 1910. Around 85% of the vineyards are dedicated to red grape varieties with the rest planted with Sauvignon Blanc and the indigenous Graševina grape.
The winery harvests the Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine just before full maturity to preserve freshness and create a vibrant, clean style. To provide balance to the crisp acidity and a rounded mouthfeel, Iuris Winery ferment 15% of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes in large 500 litre barrels which are made out of American and Slavonian oak.
San Leonardo Vette di San Leonardo 2017
This graceful single varietal Sauvignon Blanc opens with inviting aromas of roses, elderberries, peaches and sage leaves, while the palate offers passion fruit, nectarine and hints of Mediterranean herbs and salty minerality. Full bodied and bursting with fresh acidity, the Vette di San Leonardo is an elegant dining companion which will perfectly complement smoked and pan-fried fish, chicken, or a selection of soft cheeses.
The Vette takes its name from the majestic mountain peaks of the Dolomites which form a breathtaking backdrop to the estate and help to shield its vines from cold winds. The grapes used in this wine are carefully harvested by hand once they reach optimum ripeness and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine then spends 5 months ageing on the lees with frequent battonage to add extra complexity and a rich creamy texture to the finished wine.
The historic San Leonardo property has seen many important milestones during its long history including the agreement of the preliminary armistice which marked the end of the First World War at Villa Gresti on the estate. During the 19th century they even supplied wine to the Austrian court under the moniker “Chateau St Leonard”.
Palliser Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Serve well chilled.
Over the past couple of decades picturesque Martinborough has transformed from a small rural settlement to a lively wine town which draws in top sommeliers and wine buyers from all over the world. The catalyst for this transformation has been pioneering producers like Palliser Estate who were inspired potential of this cool climate region following a government report that indicated Martinborough shared many characteristics with Burgundy.
These features include like similar temperatures and rainfall levels across the grape growing season and well-draining gravel soils which make this little colonial town the ideal place to produce serious cool climate Sauvignon Blanc and elegant Pinot Noirs. Palliser Estate planted their first grapes in 1984 and released their first wines in 1989, focusing on approachable French varietals sourced from their prime Martinborough vineyards.
Their Pencarrow Sauvignon Blanc is a classic example of the Martinborough style, showing intense aromas of honeysuckle, gooseberry and lime complemented by hints of freshly cut grass. Passionfruit, lemon zest and a certain herbaceous character define the palate along with a crisp, uplifting acidity which makes this bottle ideal to drink with fresh seafood and simple fish dishes or simply to share with good friends in the garden on a sunny weekend.
Inama Vulcaia Sauvignon 2017
This is NOT your typical, run of the mill grassy, peppery, gooseberry-y Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is special and a must try if you enjoy Sauvignon Blanc but do not care for the grass undertones.
This wine has an intense clear, yellow color and a bouquet of citrus and apple all packed up with an edgy mineral note. The first sip is dry yet refreshing with loads of exotic Mediterranean flavor bursting on your palate. Passion fruit and citrusy pineapple are welcomed strangers in the apple and mineral notes passing cleanly into the bright and somewhat unexpected finish of citrus, island fruit, and coffee beans.
Great to enjoy as an aperitif, but also to serve with rabbit, grilled small game, omelet with leeks, asparagus, and shaved Pecorino, as well as salads. Put a chill on this wine of around 8°-10°C before you indulge.
The fruit used to elaborate this wine was hand-picked from the Monteforte d’Alpone and Monte Foscarino plots in the Pedemontana and Soave Classico areas of Veneto.
Azienda Agricola Inama began in the 1950s when Giuseppe Inama began purchasing small plots of land in the Soave Classico region, using only his savings. In the 1990s the family decided to expand their vines to include some red varieties. Today, the estate is comprised of more than 30 hectares of Organically cultivated vineyards in the heart of the Soave Classico.
Neumeister Sauvignon Blanc Steirische Klassik 2017
The Neumeister vineyards offer some of the best locations in and around Straden. Each grape variety grown there is treated according to the individual needs of that variety and benefit from the unique microclimates in the area. The focus is very much on natural management of the vines including very limited use of herbicides, pest control via natural measures, and rigorous canopy management. The vineyards have recently been certified as fully organic.
In order to achieve maximum quality control, several selections of grapes are made to ensure optimum ripeness, and, at the same time, cleaning passes are made to guard against any rot during ripening.
Maceration is in steel vats and then fermented 5 months aging on the lees in stainless steel vats to retain the varietal characteristics of the wine.
Pale lemon in colour, the nose tells you straight away that the wine has typical Sauvignon Blanc characteristics – intense aromas of freshly cut grass, green apple and a hint of minerality.
On the palate, green apple, green pepper and gooseberries combine well with blackcurrant and kiwi notes and a hint of spice. The wine is dry but with mouth watering acidity that is refreshing and leaving you wanting more. The finish is medium in length and demonstrates a very good Sauvignon Blanc if you like a typical Sauvignon Blanc you will love this!
Great as an aperitif, this wine will also match very well with seafood, creamy chicken dishes and pasta.
Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Serve well chilled.
David Clouston’s classic example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc awakens the senses with zingy lemon zest, gooseberry and flinty aromas which are so typical of the varietal when grown in New Zealand’s sunniest region. On the palate flavours of ripe kiwi fruit, pineapple and blackcurrant leaf combine harmoniously with a salty minerality and mouthwatering acidity.
David sources the grapes for this vivacious wine from Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere Valleys where vineyards are planted on the hills to ensure a perfect balance of ripeness and freshness in the wines. Just like its creator, this wine has an easy-going, fun-loving character which is why David and his wife Pip often pull it out when they throw one of their huge summer barbecues at Black Cottage.
This philosophy of making wines that celebrate life was born after David had spent years making wines in Chile, France and the USA and finally decided to pursue his dream of returning home to create his own unique project. Friends encouraged him to name the winery Black Cottage, feeling that the humble house on the property where the couple live and frequently host friends was the perfect symbol for his delicious, accessible wines. Today the project continues to blossom and expand with David exploring vineyard sites in Wairau and Awatere with ever more challenging microclimates to push the boundaries of his winemaking to the next level.