Wine Tasting Video: Sauvignon Blanc from Chile & New Zealand

Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Lolol, Colchagua, Chile (£7.49 Majestic)
Very ‘green’ aromas – grass, nettles, herbs – plus abundant lime and gooseberry flavours tinged with green pepper, quite rounded and generous then some citrus bite on finish. B(+)

Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Paredones, Colchagua, Chile (£15 Averys, MW2 Wines, Amps, D Byrne & Co, Stainton Wines, Wine Rack)
Powerful youngster, brandishing Lilt-like pineapple and grapefruit flavours backed up by notes of catty elderflower, herbs and green pepper, and smoky, flinty minerality. S-

Caliterra Tributo Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Leyda, Chile (£10.99 Leamington Wine Company, Ann et Vin, Bacchus et Al, Eagle Wines, Gwin Llyn Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street, Peake Wine Associates)
Quite rich and almost mellow, still with lots of citrus and herb bite (plus a touch of pear), but with not so much of the Sauvignon shriek, still finishes in fresh and fragrant style. S(-)

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Martinborough, New Zealand (£14.99 Quaff Fine Wines, Whole Foods Market, Slurp, Raeburn Fine Wines, Majestic, North and South Wines)
Another wine showing the laid-back side of Sauvignon, rounded and confident, and unfurling to show apricot, pear, nectarine, apple and ripe citrus, and with the herbaceous notes tempered by an almost Burgundian creamy nuttiness. S

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4 thoughts on “Wine Tasting Video: Sauvignon Blanc from Chile & New Zealand

  • Fernando

    Nice, interesting, but you should taste our Sauvignon Blanc, and when I say our I mean Argentinian. Our vineyards are higher (more temperature differences between day and night) and they receive less watering or humidity than in Chile or New Zealand.
    Or maybe you’ve done it and I’m talking nonsense.
    Anyway, thanks!

  • Simon Post author

    Hi Fernando, have tasted a fair few Argentinian SBs, favourites include Tapiz and Dona Paula

  • Kate Sweet

    Hi Simon,

    You are right on the Craggy Range. There is some lees contact. Makes the palate a bit richer and more complex. Thanks for the review.