Sauvignon Blanc Freinsheim 2017
QbA Pfalz, Rings, 750 ml
Greenish gold with brilliant tinge. The nose has aromas typical of ripe Sauvignon Blanc: blackcurrant bud, grapefruit, green pepper and white pepper. On palate the wine has a distinctive freshness with persistent lime, passion fruit and mango. A long and harmonious finish.
|Origin:||Germany / Pfalz|
|Grape variety:||Sauvignon Blanc|
|Label:||Vegan, Certified organic or biodynamic wine|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 6 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Apéro pastries, Fish terrine, Giant crevettes, grilled langoustines, Asparagus specialities|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank, soft pressing, fermentation at low temperatures|
|Harvest:||in several rounds (tries), hand-picking with simultaneous grape sel|
|Maturation:||partly in steel tank|
|Residual sugar:||2,4 g/ l|
The Sauvignon blanc can be recognized with your eyes closed. Its typical bouquet is marked by green notes: freshly cut grass, tomato bunches, gooseberry. Citrus fruits, cassis and flint join into the mix. In warmer latitudes it also shows exotic aromas, such as passion fruit. Its acidity is decidedly lively. In all likelihood, it comes from the Loire Valley, where it is vinified in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre in its purest form: varietally, and without timber. In the 18th century, it found its way to Bordeaux. Ambitious producers assemble it there with Sémillon into substantial whites, which are aged in oak barrels. The Sauvignon blanc has been a sensational success in the past 20 years in New Zealand. With its refreshing sweet-and-sour style, winemakers from down under have conquered the world. The rich Sauvignons from Styria and crisp examples of South Tyrol and Friuli are worth mentioning as well. It pairs with anything from the sea. Or do it like they do on the Loire, and enjoy it with goat cheese.
Pfalz: Riesling meets Burgundy
Palatine winemakers manage the feat of vinifying top-tier crus from both white and red varieties. In addition, Riesling presents the same class here as Chardonnay and other Burgundy varieties. This versatility at high quality levels makes Germany’s second-largest wine region a trove of discoveries of all kinds. Tranquil winegrowing towns with a diverse range of culinary offerings and hotels make the Palatinate region a perfect wine travel destination.
Germany – Into the elite the hard way
Sitting in the heart of Europe, the hilly, lake-dotted landscape of Germany provides ideal, fertile soil for the most diverse vine varieties. From Albalonga to Zweigelt, over 140 different grape varieties are grown on about 100,000 acres, cared for by nearly 50,000 vintners. Most of these vintners are young, modern, internationally trained, inquisitive and urbane. It is hardly surprising, then, that German wine has a good reputation well beyond the country's borders.