Alongside the Loire Valley rivers is the vineyard of this lovely white wine on hillsides of clay and limestone. The wine, acclaimed by critics as one of the region’s finest, is pale yellow with tints of green and is 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc. Round and full, it offers hints of white blossoms and exotic fruits. Serve with Loire Valley goat cheese, shellfish, seafood and salads, says Cape Classics. It is 12.5 percent ABV. www.paul-buisse.com
This moderately priced Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley on the banks of the River Cher in the western part of France, makes a great addition to wine-by-the-glass lists for summer months.
The Paul Buisse vineyards in Touraine are on hillsides along the Loire and Cher rivers, where grapes are grown in soils rich in clay and limestone. Fresh, floral and fruity, the wine reflects the district’s terroir and celebrates summer. The vineyards are spread over 50 acres. Checkout www.paul-bouisse.com and www.capeclassics.com.
This South African Sauvignon Blanc comes from Buitenverwachting, a winery dating to 1796 and known today for an array of wines that are designed to express its name, which stands for “Beyond Expectation.” It was founded by the first governor of the then new Dutch colony at the tip of Africa in Constantia, Cape Town. It flourished as a wine farm, due largely to 90 000 vines planted in 1825 by Ryk Arnoldus Cloete, brother of the famous Hendrik Cloete of Constantia.
Today, the Mueller family has retraced its roots, restoring the winery to former glory and planting selected cultivars. Its maiden grape harvest was the first in 30 years and lived up to the name.
The wines – more whites than reds- became internationally acclaimed. The vines of this Sauvignon Blanc range in age from three to 16 years. Vinification consisted of part whole bunch pressing and part skin contact for 12 hours, and a selection of five years strains. The wine has an ABV of 13.5% and is a pale yellow color. Dry and full bodied, it has a most of green figs and hints of gooseberries and peppers. You’ll taste citrus with minerality in the long finish. It is imported by Cape Classics.
Open Joseph Mellot Sancerre Domaine De Bellecours 2013 a lovely wine from the Loire Valley in France, where, in 1698, Cesar Mellot advised Louis XIV on his personal choice of wines, as we move into Spring and discover a classic.
The family has been producing wines since the 1500s and was the very first winery to receive ISO 14001 certification in 2009 for its continued efforts to improve the environment. It was recognized for a long and distinguished history and its sustainable practices.
This wine, priced at retail in the mid-teens, reflects the soils of its region, rich in clay and limestone:
– Siliceous clay soils on the hills in the eastern vineyards.
– “Caillottes”, very stony and calcareous.
– “Terres blanches” which are white and clay-limestone based. The soil is enriched with compost.
The region is known for Sauvignon Blanc grapes from which Sancerre is produced, and Pinot Noir from which the red wines are made.
Early on in the effort to be sustainable, Joseph Mellot became as groundbreaker, reducingthe number of vine protection products to use only those with the least toxicity, and cartons are made from recycled paperboard.
In 2009, Joseph Mellot had carbon footprint and product assessments made to measure and reduce greenhouse gases. More recently, in 2013, the winery decided to reduce its CO2 emissions by 15% by using multilayer PET bottles for some of its white wines because they were lighter and cut by one-third the environmental impact of bring the wines to market, he says. The winery’s Sancerre offers notes of soft citrus, lemony and grassy.
Mellot today owns vineyards in all the region’s appellations and is known for continually perfecting and growing the family business.
Bright and fresh. the Lobster Reef 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is very aromatic and sings to those sipping with hints of fresh fruits such as peaches and apricot. Citrus and herbs have their voice in the most as well. Bright gold in color, the wine was named for colorful Rock Lobsters found on the Marlborough coast. Bright and fresh with intense flavors, it hints at the quirky lobsters for which it’s named.
The 2014 season resulted in a large harvest of exceptional grapes thanks to a dry, warm Spring. The winemaker notes that the combination of mild weather, large bunches dropping earlier than most and late rain gave the resulting wine a clean vintage and classic elegance.
This is a perfect choice for National Lobster Day this week! Celebrate those quirky creatures with this aromatic, fresh, and deeply flavorful example of the best of New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blancs. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is 12.5% ABV and has a suggested retail price of $11.99. Visit www.daviesfamilyselections.com.
Rustenberg has been producing South African wines since 1682 – a long and rich tradition. By 1781, the winery made 3,000 cases. The estate was purchased in 1941 by Pamela and Peter Barlow and has remained in the family ever since.
This 2013 Sauvignon Blanc offers freshness, acidity and balance with upfront fruit. The wine offers hints of green pepper, gooseberry and even asparagus. The altitude and location next to Simonsberg Mountain combine with a west facing slope. The grapes are full flavored and tropical in style. No oak is used in the production of the wine.
Spring of 2013 brought later ripening and a cool growing season. The wine is medium bodied, elegant and crisp with 13.56 ABV. There are underlying notes of passion fruit and pineapple. This is a perfect wine for a hot summer day, alone or accompanying a meal. It is imported by Indigo Wine Group, Venice, Fl. Visit www.rustenberg.co.za.
Two lovely white wines we’d like to share for summer sipping are the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2014, a great reflection of New Zealand’s Malrlborough terrain. Stone fruit and citrus flavors are completed by tropical notes . The wine is 13%ABV and is imported in the U.S. by Pasternak Wine Imports.
The second, from South Africa, lends itself to an after dinner drink thanks to its richness and sweetness. It is the Nederburg 2011 Special Late Harvest. Nederburg has been making wines since 1791 a great heritage. This wine is full of rich dried fruit aromas such as apricot and raisin, acidity and also has more than a few honey notes. It lends itself so savoring and enjoying at the end of the meal. It is a blend of Muscat d’ Frontignan. Chenin Blanc, Weisser Riesling and Gewurtztraminer.