Green Quartz comes from Chile's Casablanca Valley, where the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific creates a perfect microclimate for growing cool-climate grapes like this Sauvignon Blanc. While the grape itself might immediately make you think of New Zealand or France, it's perfectly suited to Chile's cooler growing region, and can produce some stunning wines. Grapes are sourced from a network of small farmers, all located within about 20 kilometres of the coast. Soils here are mainly granitic, but they have a high percentage of quartz - hence the name! After being hand-picked, grapes are gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel. The wine is left on lees for 3 months to provide texture and soften the acidity, and then bottled after a gentle filtration. The resulting wine is fresh, vibrant, and ready to be enjoyed over the next 3 years at a well chilled 8 C.
Immediately identifiable as a Sauvignon Blanc, with characteristic aromas of white grapefruit, lime, and green apple, along with hints of riper tropical fruit and faint herbal notes. It smells crisp, clean, and inviting, with a lingering minerality.
Green Quartz is light-bodied and dry, with fresh, zippy acidity - but not too much that it fatigues the palate. There's a softness that come from the lees contact, along with flavours of lime leaf, green apple, pear, and melon. The finish is long and pure with a mineral, almost sea-spray quality.
Shellfish is a natural match for this citrusy white. Or take advantage of Sauvignon Blanc's rare ability to pair with green vegetables with a salad of arugula and goat cheese, or a spring risotto with peas and asparagus.