Vina Tarapaca, Sauvignon blanc, Central Valley, Chile, 2016
This wine: lot No. L6356, varietal sauvignon blanc, screw cap closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, ~£9 (12/17)
Consumer tasting note: pale lemon hued, with aromas of citrus, and warmer edges of unripe stone fruit and ripe gooseberry; medium bodied, with flavours of citrus edged with a certain greenness – cooked green pepper (green pepper is a signature note with this variety, I find) and herbage. Finishes medium. Decant for 15 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of ripe grapefruit, unripe stone fruit, ripe gooseberry, yellow citrus zest, touch of beeswax.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of ripe grapefruit, wilted cut grass, hint of cooked green pepper, green herbs. A medium length, with a clean citrus edged with green herbs finish, with a very low key grip.
Quality: good, well balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; a sound intensity with lesser concentration, showing simple complexity, with a grip assumedly, from low temperature maceration on the skins. Finishes firm medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – a sound structure, with an early drinking character, confirmed in the intensity, concentration and length.