Chilean Sauvignon BlancIf you’re looking for a thirst-quenching wine, there’s really nothing to beat a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. And there are some some cool, fresh, Chilean Sauvignon Blanc wines that can easily hold their own with those from New Zealand or the Loire.

People drinking Sauvignon BlancA few of us got together recently to check out a few of the Chilean Sauvignon Blanc wines on the market. These are our tasting notes.

Bottles of Sauvignon Blanc

Leyda Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Leyda Valley. 13.5% ABV.  Retails at around CLP6,000.

Pronounced, clean aromas of grass, elderflower and citrus fruit. Clean, sharp and lemon-fresh. A good afternoon thirst-quencher.

Santa Helena Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Central Valley. 14% ABV. Retails at around CLP3,600.

Light, fresh and easy-drinking. The value for money option in our tasting; great for by the pool.

Bottle of white wine

Tabalí Pedregoso Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Coastal Limarí Valley. 14% ABV. Retails at around CLP9,000

A wine with complex layers of aromas: pyrazine notes of green peppers and chilli peppers, herbaceous notes of elderflower and fresh-cut grass and terpenic notes from the fermentation process of passionfruit with citrus notes. The mouth also has more body, suggestive of some time over the lees. An understated and sophisticated tipple for those looking for a wine with character.

Bottle of white wine

Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Parredones, Coastal Colchagua Valley. 13.5% ABV.  Retails at around CLP12,000.

The most aromatic wine in the tasting with prominent upfront notes of tropical fruit like tinned pineapple and passionfruit, followed by a herbaceous layer like an English hedgerow in spring and then those pyrazinic notes of peppers and chilli peppers. In the mouth, nice body and fairly long. This wine was the favourite of the tasting.

Amayna Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Leyda Valley. 14% ABV. Retails at around CLP11,000

Another subtle but intriguing tipple with fruit and earthy notes and some personality in the mouth.

How about you? Have you recently tried a Sauvignon Blanc that you would recommend?

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