El Viejo del Valle Sauvignon Gris Casablanca Valley
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A rather special and rare find - proof of the validity of Sauvignon Gris as a fantastic wine. There is just something reassuringly recognisable in this essentially Polynesian style of Sauvignon Gris - somewhere between Chile and New Zealand. It's a big, aromatic cousin of Sauvignon Blanc but here, as you are drawn into the bottle, it retains the texture and structure of Casablanca's marginal valley. The nose is already slightly evolved and there's real intensity and perfume. The fruit notes are lifted and tropical and marry beautifully with fresh aroma of waxy lemons. An abundance of gooseberry, mango and melon fruit show throughout the palate and the finish is elegant and long. This is a deliciously bright and full flavoured white - think of it as a muscular Sauvignon Blanc that always wants to make a statement. The label captures some of Chile's oldest and least represented grape varieties. El Viejo del Valle or 'The Old Man of the Valley' celebrates the 1950s Chilean street graffiti. Try it with a variety of dishes such as scallops with mushrooms and white wine sauce, BBQ garlic prawns or salmon, grilled oysters, and poached white fish with summer salads containing parsley, pepper or lemon.
Grapes: Sauvignon Gris 100%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Awards: 2013 Vintage: IWSC 2014 - Silver