Full Review

Smate

Smate
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$15

Smate
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
Silvery emerald straw color. Interesting, green aromas and flavors of smoked paprika on peppers, grilled papaya custard, and lanolin with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp finish with accents of grapefruit and lime rind and flint with crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp, lightly smoky sauvignon blanc with a cheery food-friendly nature.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Quaffable, Savory & New World
Aroma Aroma: smoked paprika on peppers, grilled papaya custard, and lanolin
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of grapefruit and lime rind and flint
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Chicken with Mango-Papaya Relish, Sturgeon, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crisp, lightly smoky sauvignon blanc with a cheery food-friendly nature.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1004 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
1 203-910-8210

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Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.