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2014 Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Sauvignon Blanc

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This will seem quite familiar to Aussie Savvy lovers even though it is from France. It displays some nice gooseberry and guava tropicals on the nose, along with some herbaceousness and a touch of 'sweat'. The palate is lighter-bodied and citrusy, with brisk acidity, a touch of flintiness, and a decent, crunchy, crisp finish. Just the thing for fish and chips.

Winemaker's Notes

Gérard Bertrand is passionate about the Mediterranean Art de Vivre and is a specialist producer of premium wines from the south of France. In his Réserve Spéciale range he reveals the elegant, generous array of fruity flavours produced by the very best terroirs in the region.
The exceptional terroirs of the Languedoc enjoy optimum sunshine and low rainfall, bringing out all the complexity of the region’s emblematic grape varieties and thus producing top-quality wines.

Tasting notes: The Sauvignon is characterised by lovely citrus aromas verging on menthol and offers pleasing roundness on the palate. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards that enjoy a cool climate, and offers delicious aromas of citrus and tropical fruits.

Vinification and maturing: The Sauvignon is a very early-ripening variety that requires a precise harvesting date, determined by tasting the fruit beforehand in order to ensure that it yields all its famous intensity. The grapes are harvested at night-time to preserve the freshness of the fruit. When the grapes reach the winery they are delicately pressed. After static settling under cold conditions, alcoholic fermentation is performed in stainless steel vats under temperature control in order to preserve the aromatic bouquet of the Sauvignon. The wine is bottled early to safeguard the wine’s youthfulness.

Food and wine pairing: Serve at 8-10°C as an aperitif or with shellfish, grilled fish or fresh goat’s cheese.

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