2019 Sauvignon Blanc
The 2019 sauvignon blanc is a hypothetical assemblage of the three distinct styles of Sauvignon Blanc: California’s Fume Blanc, New Zealand Marlborough and Loire valley’s Pouilly Fume.
Our Sauvignon Blanc comes together like an NFL playbook and shows that beautiful balance of gooseberry, herbaceous and green notes while the slight tropical side of this noble grape variety pokes its head out here and there with guava and passionfruit suggestions. Bergamot orange rind notes greet you on the nose. Tart orchard fruits come later in waves. The partial skin contact before pressing, along with the use of both stainless steel, neutral oak and a different élevage regime for each vessel, resulted in a complex wine that is a pleasure for both the palate and the intellect. A truly unique expression of Sauvignon Blanc that captures the spirit and sense of place of our celebrated wine region.
Oysters on the half shell topped with lemon and pepper infused vodka or frisée salad dressed with lardon and a soft boiled quail’s egg are some of our favorites.
|Region:||South Okanagan’s Golden Mile and Osoyoos Lake District|
|Age of Vines:||4 to 15. mostly in mid teens|
|Aging:||5 months on lees: 76% stainless steel, 24% French oak of which 60% puncheons. No new oak|
Winemaker Severine Pinte picked this sauvignon early figuring an August hot spell would push it over the edge of ripeness if she delayed. The result is a sauvignon with notably tart acidity, but it has amazing aromatics and flavour intensity. Expect a huge nose of grapefruit, orange, sage and dill. It is mid-weight with substantial mouthfeel but the acidity crashes through on the finish. Very bracing indeed! The length is excellent. 4/5 value
David Lawrason | Wine Align | Tasted: Sept 2020