Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Atacama Valley – Chile
Cost: $25 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: This wine is an attractive greenish-yellow color. Its aging in foudres has lent it citrus and green chilli pepper aromas, as well as saline notes. In the mouth, it is very structured and tense thanks to its high acidity and minerality. The finish is clean and persistent, with a subtle saline note coming through. This highly complex Sauvignon Blanc tempts you to enjoy it with food. It is a food-friendly wine, which pairs well with Pacific Ocean seafood, such as mussels, clams, sea urchins, oily fish like hake, or any other type of fish.
My Review: Woof – this is what I love about Sauvignon Blanc from Chile; the complexity combined with the pure enjoyment of sipping on a wine that is clearly been made with love and skill, from the growing and harvesting of the grapes through the process of fermentation and bottling.
It’s truly something to behold.
If by now it’s not clear, I really liked the 2019 Grey Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve had wine from this vineyard before (though it has been a while), but this is easily one of my favorite wines I’ve had this year. It’s really special, and one I plan to get my hands on again.
In the glass, the 2019 Grey Sauvignon Blanc was a pale yellow color with green hints that really showed through when held up to the light. On the nose I got aromas of citurs, green chilli pepper (I thought it smelled of jalapeno without the spice personally), and a hint of saline like an ocean breeze.
In the mouth the wine was crisp but well structured, with good citrus notes, minerality, saline, and a pepper note that came through as the wine opened up.
My wife and I paired this with pork tenderloin in a herb cream sauce, and the saline in the wine played really well with the natural saltiness of the pork. That being said, opening this with some oysters, mussels, or sea urchin (not my personal favorite)–anything that has a bit of natural salinity of its own really–would be a great way to enjoy this wine.
Honestly, for $25 I think it’s a steal. This easily drinks like a wine close to $50 in my opinion, and it’s definitely one I’d recommend grabbing a few bottles of to enjoy with friends over a seafood spread.
Disclaimer: I received this wine as a free sample for review.