New to Canada, we are thrilled to introduce the wines of Howard Vineyards! Last month we featured a Shiraz-Cab, and now we are partnering up that summer BBQ red with a fresh and zesty Sauv Blanc! Howard Vineyards has been family owned and operated since 1890, in the small township of Nairne, in the region of Adelaide Hills, South Australia. The town was only founded some 50 years before Howard Vineyards was established!
Sauv Blanc (SB) might not be the first grape you think of when looking at Aussie wines. A varietal that can be showcased in many styles, and depending on the region, can produce wines that are polar opposites. In the hot zones of Murray River and Riverland, a ton of SB is produced but is mostly bulk and nondescript. In the cool, premium sites of Adelaide Hills or Margaret River, you will find pristine examples of the varietal's ability to find the balance between fruit and acidity. Enjoy young and fresh, by 2020 and serve chilled to 8 C.
Extremely pale, almost white, but showing light silver and yellow reflections.
Very aromatic, the first scents are of zesty and filled with fresh florals, like orange blossoms. There are sweet aromas of honeyed fruits, like canned pears from your school lunches. Added tropical and ripe notes of lychee, and a summertime scent of peach iced tea.
Light bodied and crisp on the palate, allowing all your attention to be directed to the delicate flavours of green apple, gooseberry, lychee, and green pineapple. There is a bitter note that shows through as grape skin and herbs, this adds a bit of dimension and almost translates through to the texture. This wine is dry through and through, even though the ripe fruits give off a 'sweet' tone. We could drink this daily, so easy and fresh!
The French coined the classic combo of goat cheese, specifically Crottin de Chavignol, with SB. Also great with quiche, or zucchini fritters.
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Retail: $25.99 Club: $21.49
VQA Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
Retail: $23.99 Club: $19.49