Not something you see much of is Sauvignon Gris, especially from the New World. This example brought in from Chile is the only example I have seen on a shelf. Using the new wine blog search returned few entries – there is my note on another Chilean bottling from Casa Marin and a tasting-note-less mention that the Domaine de La Saulzaie Sauvignon Gris, 2005, Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France from a Vin de Pays tasting was another worth seeking out. And that is about all I could find. Even Wikipedia defaults to the Sauvignon Blanc entry… Sauvignon Gris – originates in Bordeaux, tastes a bit like a Sauvignon Blanc and doing rather well in Chile. Low yields explains its relative planting rarity.
Wine Tasting Note: Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Gris, 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile.
Purchased from Planet of the Grapes [more info] for £6.99.
Very pale, watery colour. Pronounced if simple aroma – lime, a touch of spice, a sprinkling of white flowers. The palate is very clean, very crisp, very pure flavours – light lime, touch of floweriness and a finishing twist of sherbet.
The initial tasting may have suffered by being over-chilled; the following day a little more complexity was evident; a tropical edge to the fruit, peaches and orange. Full bodied. Alcohol 14%. Treat as a Sauvignon Blanc but with a little more body and less gooseberry/mineral influence. Scribblings Rating – 88/100