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2016 Parnasse Sauvignon Blanc

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Here's a Savvy that is light, bright and fruity, and made to drink young with your mates on a warm evening whilst tucking into some fish and chips. It's at the riper end of the scale and shows gooseberry, passionfruit and lemon on the nose, that follow through to the palate flavours. It's all wrapped up in racy acidity leading to a dry, decent finish. Good value for the contents of the bottle.

Winemaker's Notes

Sourcing: Parnasse is named after the mountain grass that flowers above our vineyards each spring, marking the beginning of a long, languid summer. Eric Moen weaves the character and strengths of a number of individual regions to create a wine style truly expressive of the South of France - beautifully ripe and expressive whilst softly structured and easy to appreciate.

Winemaking: A very fast and precise vinification to avoid oxygen and maximise fruit expression and aromatics. A cool fermentation (15 to 18°C) is undertaken in stainless steel tanks before maturation on lees for three months to build depth and texture. Malolactic fermentation is prevented to ensure crisp varietal character.

2016 Vintage: A very warm and dry vintage with noticeably low yields exacerbated by frosts in early spring. The conditions continued with just enough relief via light showers before a very early and compounded harvest that had vignerons scrambling. Whilst a famous vintage for red wines, 2016 was a well above average vintage for white wines with impressive acidity and balance despite the rich flavours.

Tasting Note: Very pale yellow-green in colour. The nose is fresh, pure and very aromatic with varietal citrus fruit, floral and grassy aromas. The palate offers a thrilling burst of vibrant tropical and citrus fruit flavours wrapped in soft mineral acidity. Enjoy this wine well chilled with seafood and other lightly flavoured dishes.

Recipe Match: Crumbed pan-fried King George Whiting with baked chips.

Alc/vol: 12.0%

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