Thursday, February 6, 2014

Winter Whites - Summer Sippers from the Southern Hemisphere

With Ski Patrol taking up my time, it's been a while since I've done a #winechat, but I couldn't resist when I received samples for the Winter Whites: Summer Sippers from the Southern Hemisphere. The funny thing is, while I'm enjoying red wines just fine, over the last bit of time I'm definitely leaning towards white wines, even, gasp, during winter.

The three wines we were sent, from Brancott Estate, Jacob's Creek, and Graffigna (New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina respectively) were all pretty great sippers and super with food. The Sauv Blanc and Pinot Grigio were dynamite in their tartness and floral aromas, while the Chardonnay had a bit more heft and lusciousness to stand up to bigger foods. Nicely done, Southern Hemisphere, nicely done.

Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Brancott Estate Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc 2013:

Immediate concern about the 20% less calories on the label. Not sure who their target audience is, but I don't know any wine drinkers that worry about that. That being said, I loved this wine:
Very pale yellow color; honeysuckle and white pear aromas; yellow grapefruit and starfruit flavors, light bodied; zingy lemon finish; fermented in stainless steel; twist-off closure; 9% ABV; SRP $14.99.
Jacob's Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2012

Jacob's Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2012

Grapes picked at night; juice batches fermented separately in barrel, some with natural yeasts and minimal intervention; pale straw color; lemon and acacia on the nose; tart peach, cream, vanilla, and citrus flavors; round mouthfeel into a luscious finish; 13% ABV; twist-off closure; SRP $12.

Graffigna Centenario Pinot Grigio 2012

Graffigna Centenario Pinot Grigio 2012

Glowing light straw yellow in color (even in the evening it glowed); honeysuckle, lemon, and white peach aromas; hint of petrol, tangy lemon with stone fruits and some pear; medium-bodied with a round mouthfeel and a more luscious finish than expected; 100% stainless steel fermentation; no oak; 13.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $12.99.

I loved all three of these wines, really made with a deft hand and an allowance for the varietal characteristics to come through. Recommended.

Disclosure: These wines were sent to me for review purposes.

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