Chile's Cloudy Bay
Heretical thought: until the Chilean wine industry can deal with the problem of greenness in red wines, I reckon its best hope is with its whites, which I'm increasingly growing fond of. What about this for a Sauvignon Blanc?
Amayna Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Leyda Valley, Chile
A hand-picked Sauvignon from a 70 hectare vineyard in sight of the sea, vinified in a new gravity-designed winery. Two clones are used: 242, which adds structure and minerality, and Davis Clone 1 which adds fresh minerality. The wine itself has a sweet tropical fruit nose offset by limey minerality. It's very expressive and quite striking. The palate is sweetly fruited, but it has a lovely steely, mineral core. A full flavoured, intense, epressive Sauvignon with a multifaceted personality. Expensive but worth it. Very good/excellent 91/100 (£13.99 Oddbins) UK agent: Paragon Vintners