Spedala Sauvignon Blanc

Time for something a little different. I bought this Italian white wine at a restaurant in Tenby Wales on a recent holiday. I don’t think I’ve ever had an Italian Sauvignon Blanc before. Italy has so many of its own famous grape varieties that to see it use a classic French grape is a bit of a shock. I was a little dubious to be honest because to do so seemed like pandering to global tastes (which it turns out is what the winery Da Castello specialises in). I wanted something dry and Sauvignon Blanc can often be too fruity, especially the mass produced stuff from Australia DLN New Zealand.

However, Italy is a traditional wine making country that has been producing top quality dry whites for millennia so I decided to trust them and give it a go. I’m glad I did because this was an interesting wine.

For a start it was almost colourless. One of the palest whites I’ve ever seen. It was accompanied by a light refreshing scent of citrus and nuts.

In true Italian style this wine was bone dry with noticeable acidity. A light body and finish it was refreshing and great for helping digestion of those large creamy Italian pastas. Initial tastes produced the citrus and nuts. Later I got light herbs and some floral/fruit hints.

I really liked this wine. It was a great relief from the seriously fruit led whites that proliferate the UK market at the moment.

£22.95 in the restaurant. No idea what it would cost in a supermarket if available. Also no idea where the grapes come from in Italy, though the producer also markets an IGT Sauvignon Blanc from Venetia.

Name: Spedala Sauvignon Blanc
Colour: White
Year: 2019
Grapes Sauvignon Blanc
Winery: Da Castello
Country: Italy
Region: Rias Baixas
Quality Classification: Vino di Italia
Alcohol: 12%
Price: £22.95 in the restaurant

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