Up in the Clouds

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Chile.

The Nimbus clouds that is! I’m currently enjoying a selection of Sauvignon Blancs and Viogniers courtesy of the Wines of Chile.  Easily two of my favorite white wine grapes, so I’m tickled pink to get to taste them.  And I’ve heard really good things about the Viogniers coming out of Chile, so I look forward to those! I chose the 2008 Nimbus Estate Sauvignon Blanc for the evening.  It had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $12.  Sadly, it only got an 85 from the Wine Spectator…I thought it was much better than that!  Thought I have to ask….what is a Maracuyá?  The winery listed it on the label, and I haven’t a clue what it is.

On the nose I found citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, tropical fruits, peaches, herbs, pineapples, and flowers.  Great nose!  In the mouth I got flavors of citrus, lime, peach, orange blossoms, pineapple, and other tropical fruits.  I found the wine to be crisp, lean, and clean in the mouth.  It seems less bracing than Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand while still being refreshing.  This would be a great wine for the summer heat!

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5 Responses

  1. Maracuyá is passion fruit, or parcha a we call it in PR.
    Might connect to honeysuckle & lychee, sweet & perfumy notes in a tropical way–?
    Ask about Chilean Viña Marín’s SauvB– woman-owned boutique winery, might be pricey, recommended by an Argentino vigneron, of all people…
    PS, for a truly diff grape, seek Bodega Pirineos’ Moristel, imported & ditr. by Classical Wines of Seattle…trying it right now…cheers!

  2. I’ll definitely have to try out the Sauvignon Blanc! I’m rather addicted to the New Zealand ones (in particular the Brancott) so I need to broaden my tastes!

  3. Was maracuya listed as a place?

    And I am forced to agree with David, Casa Marin is well worth checking out. And they even lowered their prices!

  4. Have to agree with Wine Spectator on this one. Maybe I opened too early in the year. I seem to only enjoy any whites during the summer and always preferred NZ Sauvignon Blancs. I think 84/85 is about right, but I also believe if hooked on one type or appellation, as I am, you fail to appreciate another. I just loaded up on wines from Chile and this was the only white. I do think I will do more, and as Emma stated, broaden my taste.

  5. Thanks for the info and tip David!

    Emma, I love the NZ ones too, but the Chilean ones also offer great value!

    Rob, it was listed in the tasting note on the bottle.

    I love the white wines all the time Joeshico, though do crave them more in the summer. There are some great ones from Chile out there though!

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