Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Leyda – San Antonio, Chile
Cost: $25 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Bright in color with gentle notes of green and light yellow. On the nose, shows intensity with the expression of tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, complimented by a soft citric sensation as well as spicy and floral notes, reminiscent of ginger and jasmine. In the mouth it shows a balanced acidity and viscosity, long palate with many layers of flavors. At the end a savory finish provides for a complex yet harmonic taste. Ideal for pairing with fish and seafood dishes.
My Review: Some weeks back I received several bottles of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with the idea of pairing them with oysters. Unfortunately, while I had intended to pair at least some of them with oysters, here in Richmond at least, it’s all but impossible to find them at my local stores, so I’ve had to change plans and pair the wines with other seafood – in this case, Mahi Mahi.
The 2012 Amayna was very light in the glass, with a hint of green showing when held up to light. On the nose the wine was crisp and I picked up aromas of pineapple and candied ginger. On the palate the wine was crisp and dry with mineral notes with a nice balanced acidity and just enough citrus to let me know that it was Sauvignon Blanc from Chile without being overwhelming. Paired with the Mahi Mahi the wine did a nice job of complimenting the fish, offering crisp, clean notes to the seasoning we used.
I really liked this wine, and while I’ve always been a fan of Sauvignon Blanc from Chile with it’s notes of grapefruit and lime, the crisp mineral notes of the 2012 Amayna were a nice change that I would definitely want to revisit. This is definitely a step above some of the other wines that I’ve had, and I’d have loved to pair this with some oysters on the half shell with a shot of sriracha on them.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.