Sauvignon Blanc Doesn’t Just Come From New Zealand tasting – May 31, 2016

GINO FURANO
TUESDAY MAY 31, 2016


I consider myself generally a red wine drinker but over the years, I have become highly appreciative of white wines.  I have my favourites and only recently have I come to love Sauvignon Blanc.  I went to New Zealand recently and spent time at a few wineries where I participated in the harvest.  At the end of each day (I mean a LONG day – 12+ hours) everyone would gather and eat…what else would you do at the end of a great day of hard work?   On some occasions, there would be a special wine tasting.   It would consist of Sauvignon Blanc from all over New Zealand and the world (upwards of 12 wines) and the discussion would begin.  Going through the wine tasting with world class winemakers where you get to participate and listen about the nuances of the Sauvignon grape was amazing!  Here is my recent tasting of Sauvignon Blanc; I hope you enjoy these as I did with the attendees.

Mayu Sauvignon Blanc, Elqui Valley, Chile

This Sauvignon Blanc is from a vineyard in the Elqui Valley north of Santiago where there’s an astrological observatory and the wine is both showy and restrained, with piercing herbal aromas and a mineral feeling.  The palate is clean and delineated, with moderate acidity and good freshness. This one is a great value and was given 89 points by Robert Parker. $16.99

Miquel Jane Sauvignon Blanc, Penedes, Spain
Deep in the heart of the Penedes (an area near Barcelona), you’ll find the delightful family run winery and vineyards of J. Miquel Jane. This Sauvignon Blanc is a very pretty lemony-green colour, with a complex nose and typical aromas of lychee, passion fruit, stone fruits and lovely floral notes.  The palate shows a fruit character that is further pronounced with a silky mouth feel and good structure.  It is lovely to sip or enjoy with vegetarian fare. $20.99

Hansel Estates Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, California

A delicious KWM favourite, and an exclusive!  Aromas of citrus, dried flowers and herbs, with a subtle ginger overtone. It is fleshy but dry and focused, offering bitter lemon and pear skin flavors and a touch of tarragon. It closes on an intense white pepper note, with building spiciness and good bite.  The vineyards are located in Lake County (north of Napa/Sonoma). $30.99

Tiare Sauvignon, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
A crowd favourite at the tasting.  Brillantly made!  Roberto’s obsession with Sauvignon Blanc shows through.  It has perfect balance with fruit, acidity and the malolactic fermentation that is partially done comes through providing a nice subtle texture and creaminess.  The palate is refreshing and nicely balanced, exhibiting fine structure and minerality on the finish.  A Sauvignon Blanc that must be consumed by SB lovers! $46.99

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
A personal favourite of mine and even Robert Parker agrees with a rating of 88 pts.  His review states: This wine is blended with 8% Semillon and sees extended lees contact in barrel. It has plenty of green pepper, nettle and asparagus scents on the nose that has plenty of personality too. The palate is well-balanced with gooseberry and asparagus on the entry with complimentary acidity and slight phenolic notes (ie tannin-like) on the finish.  $27.99

Jonathan Didier Pabiot ‘Predilection’ Pouilly-Fume, Loire Valley, France
Jonathan Pabiot is a fourth-generation winemaker who set out on his own simply because he wanted to practice intensively organic as well as imaginative, biodynamic-inspired viticulture. The cuvee (blend) “Predilection” comes from a very small, very special vineyard. Textured and gracious, it’s pure and precise and virtually gleaming with freshness. The floral and exotic fruit aromas (think lychee) continue on the rich palate, but are held in check by flinty minerality and good acidity. A special wine to enjoy with fish, shellfish and cheese (soft goat’s milk cheeses).  $48.99

GINO FURANO

TUESDAY MAY 31, 2016

I consider myself generally a red wine drinker but over the years, I have become highly appreciative of white wines. I have my favourites and only recently have I come to love Sauvignon Blanc. I went to New Zealand recently and spent time at a few wineries where I participated in the harvest. At the end of each day (I mean a LONG day – 12+ hours) everyone would gather and eat…what else would you do at the end of a great day of hard work? On some occasions, there would be a special wine tasting. It would consist of Sauvignon Blanc from all over New Zealand and the world (upwards of 12 wines) and the discussion would begin. Going through the wine tasting with world class winemakers where you get to participate and listen about the nuances of the Sauvignon grape was amazing! Here is my recent tasting of Sauvignon Blanc; I hope you enjoy these as I did with the attendees.

Mayu Sauvignon Blanc, Elqui Valley, Chile

This Sauvignon Blanc is from a vineyard in the Elqui Valley north of Santiago where there’s an astrological observatory and the wine is both showy and restrained, with piercing herbal aromas and a mineral feeling. The palate is clean and delineated, with moderate acidity and good freshness. This one is a great value and was given 89 points by Robert Parker. $16.99

Miquel Jane Sauvignon Blanc, Penedes, Spain

Deep in the heart of the Penedes (an area near Barcelona), you’ll find the delightful family run winery and vineyards of J. Miquel Jane. This Sauvignon Blanc is a very pretty lemony-green colour, with a complex nose and typical aromas of lychee, passion fruit, stone fruits and lovely floral notes. The palate shows a fruit character that is further pronounced with a silky mouth feel and good structure. It is lovely to sip or enjoy with vegetarian fare. $20.99

Hansel Estates Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, California

A delicious KWM favourite, and an exclusive! Aromas of citrus, dried flowers and herbs, with a subtle ginger overtone. It is fleshy but dry and focused, offering bitter lemon and pear skin flavors and a touch of tarragon. It closes on an intense white pepper note, with building spiciness and good bite. The vineyards are located in Lake County (north of Napa/Sonoma). $30.99

Tiare Sauvignon, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

A crowd favourite at the tasting. Brillantly made! Roberto’s obsession with Sauvignon Blanc shows through. It has perfect balance with fruit, acidity and the malolactic fermentation that is partially done comes through providing a nice subtle texture and creaminess. The palate is refreshing and nicely balanced, exhibiting fine structure and minerality on the finish. A Sauvignon Blanc that must be consumed by SB lovers! $46.99

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa

A personal favourite of mine and even Robert Parker agrees with a rating of 88 pts. His review states: This wine is blended with 8% Semillon and sees extended lees contact in barrel. It has plenty of green pepper, nettle and asparagus scents on the nose that has plenty of personality too. The palate is well-balanced with gooseberry and asparagus on the entry with complimentary acidity and slight phenolic notes (ie tannin-like) on the finish. $27.99

Jonathan Didier Pabiot ‘Predilection’ Pouilly-Fume, Loire Valley, France

Jonathan Pabiot is a fourth-generation winemaker who set out on his own simply because he wanted to practice intensively organic as well as imaginative, biodynamic-inspired viticulture. The cuvee (blend) “Predilection” comes from a very small, very special vineyard. Textured and gracious, it’s pure and precise and virtually gleaming with freshness. The floral and exotic fruit aromas (think lychee) continue on the rich palate, but are held in check by flinty minerality and good acidity. A special wine to enjoy with fish, shellfish and cheese (soft goat’s milk cheeses). $48.99

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