Sauvignon Gris, 2019
Powerful, floral and spicy aromas with a touch of pink grapefruit. Ripe and mouth filling, with fresh grape, smoky oak and floral character. The flavours linger on the palate and the wine’s fresh acidity ensures a crisp, clean finish.
Meet the maker: Casa Marin
Region: San Antonio, Aconcagua – Chile
Grape(s): Sauvignon Gris (100%)
14% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian / Vegan
Sauvignon Gris, or in French known as Fié, is a rare variety which was largely abandoned after the phylloxera epidemic due to its remarkably low yields. Today the variety can still be found in some parts of the Loire and Bordeaux, but it is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon.
This pink variety has a thick skin which produces more full-bodied and aromatic wines than Sauvignon Blanc. The vines for this wine are around 15 years old planted on a mixture of loam, clay and volcanic soils.
A coastal climate, 4km away from the ocean with average temperatures of 15°C. In summer temperatures are not higher than 28°C. Morning fogs and frosts occur in spring and early summer.
The grapes are handpicked during the last week of March/first week of April. The timing is very important for this variety, harvested the day before or the day after the perfect ripeness.
The grapes are selected by hand, separating them from unwanted green materials.
Most are cold macerated for 18 hours and then gently pressed for 3 hours.
The wine ferments in stainless steel vats and then 100% of the mixture goes into a 5,000 litre foudre guard for six months.
No addition of acids or clarification products prior to bottling.