EQ by Matetic Vineyards 'Coastal' Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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Item Number: 24927
Wine Advocate 92+
"The almost transparent 2016 EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca was produced with grapes grown at 12 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean on decomposed granite and mica soils. It fermented in stainless steel, barriques and concrete amphorae where it's kept with lees for four months, which represents the essence of what Matetic Sauvignon Blanc is about: citric, salty, with a balanced palate and good persistence. It's subtle and elegant, a restrained style of Sauvignon, more about the place (sea breeze, granite) than the variety. Beautifully textured, in the style of a Sancerre, with no influence from the oak, with a notable absence of herbal notes, as they avoided the clones that lend those aromas. Very food friendly, this wine is about the palate rather than the nose. Awesome value. This was started in 2001, but since 2007 it has been fine-tuned to a more elegant style. 106,000 bottles produced.
Matetic produce a wide range of cool-climate varietal wines of both colors plus only one red blend from their vineyards in San Antonio and Casablanca: El Rosario (67 hectares at 19 kilometers from the Ocean), Santo Tomás (31 hectares in Casablanca, 18 kilometers away from the sea) and Valle Hermoso (the youngest in the southeast of the valley at 13 kilometers from the sea). They all are on granite-based soils. Elegant and fresh wines fermented with indigenous yeast, which is the natural way after their biodynamic farming. This year they showed me two new wines, a carbonic maceration Pinot Noir and a sparkling blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir."
Wine Spectator 88
"A fresh and minerally version, with well-knit flavors of green apple, ripe citrus and lemongrass. Crisp acidity lingers alongside hints of verbena on the finish." Drink now. 12,000 cases made.
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