Get Savvy about Sauvignon Blanc

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sauvignon-blanc-101-socialSauvignon Blanc is easily in the top two most popular grape varieties in Ireland at present, the other being Pinot Grigio. It is planted in every wine-producing nation with it home in France leading the way in acres planted to Sauvignon Blanc, followed surprisingly by Italy, the New Zealand, whom everyone knows is great for Sauvignon, then the USA and Chile rounds out the top 5.

As a grape that is widely planted is has many different flavours and characteristics, some apply all over the world such as it has low to no tannins, it is rarely oak aged but can be oak fermented. It also maintains a medium to high level of acidity making most wine refreshing and is almost always dry in style.

Common aromas and flavours included citrus, gooseberry, Lime, granny smith apple, pear Guava and PAssionfruit. Some more funky aromas are in the herbal category like basil, green bell pepper, freshly cut grass, lemongrass, celery and the just plain strange aromas of Cat’s piss, chalk, and wet concrete.

 

If you would like to know more and taste some Sauvignon, drop into our Sauvignon Blanc tasting Thursday 21st September between 6pm and 8pm in the Shop

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Weingut Hofmann

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Anyone who has called into the shop lately will have noticed we have started moving things about, adding some new wines and removing some others. One of our new additions is Weingut Hofmann from Appenheim in Rheinhessen, about an hour east of Frankfurt. The estate which was mixed agriculture, was converted solely to wine production in 1971 by current winemaker Jurgen Hofmann’s parents. Jurgen produces Riesling, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and some other german varieties like Silvaner. But it is his Rieslings and Sauvignons that really wowed us.

Grhttps://i0.wp.com/www.schiefer-trifft-muschelkalk.de/en/standards/images/weine/content/Hofmann_Riesling_trocken.jpgapes from the Rotliegend slate soils of the ‘Roter Hang (Red Slope)’ and the limestone dominated soils surrounding Appenheim fuse together in this estate-level Riesling bursting with stony spice and minerality. Aromas of dried apricots and exotic spice dance hand in hand in a racy yet breathtakingly elegant tango. This is an entry-level dry Riesling that will leaving you wanting more.

His Sauvignon Blanc ghttps://i2.wp.com/www.schiefer-trifft-muschelkalk.de/en/standards/images/weine/content/Hofmann_Sauvignon-Blanc.jpgrapes are harvested sequentially from multiple sites as each vineyard reaches its own optimal ripeness. Cool, fresh notes of gooseberry, elderberry, and green asparagus blend with a tropical breeze reminiscent of the variety’s origins — and the small, lively kiwi bird that also calls New Zealand home. This wine is the perfect marriage of Sancerre and Marlborough styles, but from Germany!

Vinho Branco

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The delightful Portuguese words for white wine, and with stunning fortified wines, Port and Madeira and great reds from Douro, Dao, Lisboa, and Alentejo is it any wonder that Portuguese whites get over looked, much the same as their Iberian neighbours whites are over looked! (More on that another day). We import directly over 20 wines from Portugal from 5 different family owned estates and stock another 20 or so wines from Portugal. Out of that 40 or so different wines we have only 4 whites. That is a 10% of the total, no other country except for Spain is this figure even as low as 25%. But i waffle below are 3 crisp and refreshing Portuguese whites that we stock.


Bajancas Branco Douro 2011
A refreshing blend of Robigato, Gouveio and Malvasia Fino. Fresh and fruity with a hint of grapiness and. Some crisp lemon fruit. Nice and  refreshing with pure fruit and a hint of herbiness. An appealing easy drinking style.

Quinta Chocapalha Arinto 2010, Lisboa

Probably Portugal’s most famous white grape Arinto. This wine is aged for 12 months in the cellar prior to release. Fresh bright apple and lemony nose. The palate is crisp and fresh with lovely bright fruit and some lemony freshness on the finish.

Quinta Chocapalha Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Lisboa

This is a quirky example of a grape variety we have all love.  The nose explodes with prickly nettle, citrus and pineapple fruit on the nose all over classic freshly cut grass. The palate is fresh with a racy edge and lashing of pineapple, melon and tropical fruits. An absolute much try for all wine lovers. ( Warning this is probably a Marmite wine, love it or hate it!)