Wine Tasting Note: Piana del Sole Tamerici Sauvignon Blanc, 2002, Salento, Italy.
I thought this region of Italy (Puglia/Apulia – the heel of the boot) was red wine country; so a white – from a mix of Sauvignon Blanc and Malvasia – peaked my fancy immediately. The area has a reputation for rustic (rough and ready), cheap wines usually shipped off for bottling elsewhere but there is a widespread regeneration occurring across the region utilising traditional varieties such as Primitivo, Uva di Troia and Malvasia Nera. This Sauvignon is, of course, not a native grape but it is blended with 15% Malvasia Bianco (the white version of the Nera). The aroma is faintly yeasty which is echoed on the palate. But there is more to taste – minerally, unripe apples and an edge of lime skins. Its crisp and, as the oddbins site says, nervy. Left over chicken is waiting to be thrown into a risotto with a handful of carrots and some herbs. This should be the perfect accompaniment.
Scribblings Rating – 92/100
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