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Anakena Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Central Valley – Chile
Grape Variety – Sauvignon Blanc
ABV – 13%
Pale straw in colour. On the nose we have orange zest, pineapple, guava at the back. The palate is a big mix of grapefruit, white pepper, some saline saltiness, bitter citrus notes with some tropical fruit. A good lump of acidity, dry and a moderate length.
I’ve had other wines from Anakena in the past, their Viognier being very good. This is the first time I’ve tried their Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes have been hand picked, so no expenses spared there. Machine harvested wines will be cheaper due to a lack of labour. So, for a winery to employ people to hand harvest the grapes shows me some good intent.
This wine is very pleasant and for absolute value for money it offers a hell of a lot. Sauvignon’s that open up with orange zest on the nose tend to make me smile. Something warm about this aroma I like. But as my tasting note suggests, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The guava nestles in right at the back and is constant amongst the other scents.
As for the palate, well it’s just a myriad of flavours. Salt and pepper may not be the more usual items you’d find on a review but it works well with this wine. Think of sweet and sour only in wine form. It lends itself, as a food match, to a vast expanse of dishes you can drink this with. The pepper sits around on your palate for a while as the different levels of fruit work their way through.
All in all this is a good wine. I enjoyed this and at a good price to match.
Drink on its own or with lightly spiced dishes, salads.
£7.99 from Premier Wines – 0208-892-1213
Supplier Stratford Wines