jamie goode's wine blog: Impressive Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

Monday, July 21, 2008

Impressive Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

Chile is a wine country that is learning and developing fast. One of the most exciting things about Chile is that winegrowers are eagerly prospecting for new vineyard areas, and a relatively recent discovery is Leyda. It is a cool-climate, coastal wine region adjacent to the more established (but still quite new) Casablanca Valley, and it's currently making some really impressive Sauvignon Blancs, as well as some smart Pinot Noir. Here's a wine from Leyda that I like a lot. It's sophisticated and even a little understated.

Santa Rita Floresta Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Leyda Valley, Chile
Attractively packaged, this Sauvignon comes from the cool-climate coastal Leyda region in Chile. Itís quite impressive, with a mandarin and grapefruit notes, as well as some green pepper and a bit of minerality. Concentrated but smooth and quite understated, this is sophisticated rather than showy. A serious effort. 91/100 (£8.99 Waitrose)

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At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Sounds interesting. May give one a go...

At 8:47 PM, Blogger Irish Wine Contemplations said...

Drinking the 2006 this evening, it's a very pleseant drop. Quite smooth and understated for a new world Sauvignon Blanc.

At 9:02 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Did you get some, Alex?

IWCs - I agree. Understated and smooth are good descriptors.


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