For fans of Sauvignon blanc, this is a ‘must try’. A perennial award-winner, it knocks spots off many far more expensive New Zealand and Chilean Sauvignons. Made from grapes grown in very cool conditions, benefitting from the sea breezes of the adjacent Pacific ocean, there’s a definite, sea- salty tang in this crisp, mouthwateringly fresh white. Nervy, and as highly-strung as an Arabian racehorse, this wine just oozes class and style. Words to describe this wine tumble over themselves – precise, pinpoint sharp aromas of fresh lime, wild herbs and passion fruit; vibrant, entrancing flavours of pink grapefruit, lime zest and gooseberries, with a generous, mouth-tingling citrussy finish. One word – glorious. Snap it up now, whilst they’ve still got stock. There’s a further 10% off when you order this wine as part of 12 mixed bottles ( I’d just order 12 of this one), and the lovely chaps at Great Western Wine operate an online or phone line click and collect service too.
Angela MountBath Chronicle
The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Garuma Vineyard is sourced from two plots planted in 1998 on granitic soils with calcium carbonate; it is produced in a fresh, herbal and citric way, trying to show the minerality of Leyda Valley through a cold fermentation and an aging in absence of oak in stainless steel with lees for five months. 2014 was a milder vintage, somehow easier than 2013, with rounder, slightly creamier wines; and this Garuma shows some more exotic aromas, not only herbal notes, but there is also grass and citric hints, grapefruit, gooseberries and even fennel. The palate is round and fleshy, it reveals good concentration and also very good acidity, coming through as fresh and straightforward. This is ideal for seafood. 90/100
Pale, bright straw. Highly pungent aromas of grapefruit pith, green tea, jasmine and succulent herbs. Dry, sharply focused citrus fruit and quince flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge and not a trace of excess fat. Linear, pure and vibrant, finishing with strong thrust and stony cut. 90/100
Sauvignon Blanc Garuma Vineyard comes from a selected block , on a south west facing slope, with the coolest conditions within the vineyard. Cold breezes coming from the coast hit directly this block, enhancing the mineral and often salty character of this wine. 30% of the grapes were hand harvested during the mornings of the second week of March. A second harvest was done twelve days later, to obtain riper fruit and more structure. The juice was chilled down to 8C and then gravity clarified in order to avoid oxidation and preserve the varietal aromas. The must went to stainless steel tanks and fermented there at low temperatures (12-13C) for 25 days until dryness. 6% of the wine was fermented in old barrels, for more texture on the palate, and to add complexity and weight to the final blend.