#newwinethisweek Week 36 – Sauvignon Blanc, Chile
A few years ago I drank a lot of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc; many of us did. In fact it became so popular that it appeared like half of the bottles available on the shelves of the supermarkets and wine merchants alike came from Marlborough. But, like many others I have spoken to, I got bored of it. The super-charged tropical fruit, the green pepper, the whiff of cat-pee. I thought I’d fallen out of love with Sauvignon, where in fact I had only fallen out of love with Kiwi SB.
Last summer I spent a few days in Sancerre and got my SB mojo back, then I discovered the great value Sauvignon Blanc coming out of Chile, which is this week’s #newwinethisweek
Chile is the 8th largest wine producing country in the world and second to Argentina in South America. The country itself is a geographical masterpiece, spanning 2,700 miles from north to south, yet only 100 miles wide. Chile has been described as “a winegrower’s paradise” due to its wide array of terroirs and climates. The country is perhaps best known for the chocolaty and herbal Carménère (which we covered back in week 2) but is also gaining a reputation for the quality of it’s white wines, namely Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
The Sauvignons are just so damn drinkable; crisp and grassy with bright fruit and erlegant acidity, there really isn’t a lot to dislike about these wines, especially those from quality areas such as the Casablanca and Elqui valleys. As well as delighting the senses, these wines are also very pleasing to the pocket, so I hope you’re all looking forward to some of the best value for money bottles of the entire year!
You know the rules… buy a bottle, have a slurp and tell us what you think!