The Great Wave, Sauvignon Blanc, D.O. Aconcagua Valley, Chile, 2018
This wine: lot No. L19.093 (on rear label), varietal sauvignon blanc, imported in bulk and bottled in UK, screw-cap closure, 13% abv, Waitrose, £9.40 (04/19)
Consumer tasting note: a Chilean sauvignon from the cool coastal area, with fresh, but not overly brisk acidity. A typical profile of orchard fruit, yellow citrus, a floral whiff of coconutty gorse flower, green pepper and passion fruit, with just a touch of richer stone fruit. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD and will keep for 1-2 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears [no deposit].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of orchard fruit – dessert apple and conference pear, warm lemon pith, lemon zest, a spicy edge, a hint of gorse flower (a delicate coconut like aroma), a hint of richer white peach, and an edge of green pepper.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, pronounced intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of passion fruit, green pepper, almond oil. A long length infused with passion fruit, with a noticeable grip.
Quality: good, well balanced acidity with alcohol, which seems just a tad high for overall harmony; a sound intensity and similar concentration, showing the typical profile of a young sauvignon blanc from a coolish climate, with some complexity, leading to a long length
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will keep for a year or two – a sound acid structure, built as RTD.