Variety: 100$ Sauvignon Blanc (Organic)
Region: Casablanca Valley, Chile
Cost: $20 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: The 2020 EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc has a pale-yellow color, with green hues. The complex nose is dominated by citrus and tropical aromas like mango, papaya, and grapefruit peel, with light herbal notes and the typical spiciness this variety shows in coastal climates. The palate is fresh and vivid, crisp and concentrated, with a fruity, salty, mineral dimension that leads to a lingering finish. Ideal served chilled, on its own, or as a great accompaniment to raw dishes like ceviche, sushi, oysters, and tuna carpaccio, as well as salads and blue or goat cheese.
My Review: Hot days call for crisp, refreshing white wine and oysters how you like them (I’m partial to on the half shell or roasted). While I didn’t have any oysters sitting around, I did have a nice, crisp refreshing white that would have been great with said oysters–the 2022 Matetic Vineyards EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc.
In the glass the wine was a pale, almost clear yellow with slashes of green running through it in the light. On the nose I got aromas of citrus, lime, white flowers, tropical aromas, and a hint of fresh cut grass. In the mouth the wine was fresh and crisp, with flavors of citrus, mineral, peaches, and a salty, mineral note that was practically screaming for some oysters, likely a side effect of the cool coastal climate and winds that service the vineyard.
I opened up the wine to share with friends, pairing it with some caprese skewers and charcuterie, but I think oysters, ceviche, and really anything with acid or salt would be a perfect pairing for this wine.
At $20 it’s a great value; I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this wine at my local stores, especially as the heat creeps up and I look to lighter seafood options.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.