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2010 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc
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- Cellar Drink Now - 2 years (2011-2013)
- ABV 13%
- Closure: Cork
The South American wine renaissance took place in 19th century, thanks in part to well travelled, wealthy industrialists inspired by the vineyards of France, in particular Bordeaux. Fortuitously, for both the past and present industry, the Chilean Government of the time had previously been persuaded to establish an experimental nursery. All manner of exotic botanical species were collected, including more than 40,000 vines. It meant that Chile had its own collection of vinifera cuttings safely banked in viticultural isolation before the onset of the world's late 19th century scourges of powdery mildew and phylloxera. The first of these cuttings formed the foundation of the modern industry. Their introduction proved to be timely.While the vine disease phylloxera devastated Europe, South American vineyards were rapidly expanding due to the sudden demand for 'Bordeaux-style' wines in Europe. At the same time, a class of 'gentlemen farmers' was emerging, some who had made significant fortunes on the continent's abundant mineral deposits, and who considered owning a vineyard as something of a status symbol, particularly if it were being managed by a refugee French vigneron displaced by the effects of phylloxera. No doubt, todays vine Barons would prefer collecting Grande Marque mechanical mistresses instead of French winemakers. But the French influence survives.
Brilliant very pale straw almost water like colour with distinct greenish tinge and watery hue. The nose displays lifted notes of grassy gooseberry, tropical fruits and citrus showing excellent intensity. Fresh and vibrant the palate delivers flavours of gooseberry and citrus with some herbaceous undertones followed by some mineral on the back palate. Crisp zesty finish with aftertaste of citrus, unripe gooseberry and mineral. A flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc that’s much drier than most other new world counterparts.
Drink over the next 2 years (2011-2013).