Pre-prandial Single-Vineyard Sauvignon from Chile

Last night, with roast chicken, we finished the two bottles of CdR we had started the day before. As an aperitif I opened a new Leyda, Garuma Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 from Chile via the Wine Society. It’s a big 14% and cost £6.95 so expectations are some way above rock bottom. The descriptions are interesting and amusing.

The label alludes to ‘Grapefruit combined with fresh green limes on the nose’. Now my nose isn’t up to distinguishing colour, but there is something in the rest of it. It also says ‘On the palate … fully concentrated and fresh with mineral tones at the front, a rich mid-palate and a well-balanced grapefruit character on the finish’. The Wine Society simply refers to an ‘impressively nettley sauvignon blanc’.

I smelled greengages, but tasted the advertised grapefruit; nettles weren’t much in evidence. This was very clean and fresh with the merest hint of spritz. I would have preferred a more mineral finish, but this is a very nice sauvignon, eminently sippable and appetising and also a potentially great accompaniment to a lot of Asian or fusion dishes, especially in the lighter Thai style.

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