Vineyard 29, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California, USA 2012
Just a tiny amount of Vineyard 29’s Sauvignon Blanc is made, but it reveals a whole new side of what is possible in the Napa Valley – namely, to make a complex, luxurious, ageworthy Napa white on par with top white Bordeaux. The wine is a showstopper, with the faintest hints of meadows and hedgerows, and a distinct earthiness and minerality. But more than anything, it’s the texture that gets you – a yin-yang between creaminess and spikiness… as if you were getting a Swedish massage and shiatsu at the same time. The wine is fermented in three different types of vessel – concrete eggs, stainless steel drums and new French oak barrels that have been bent into shape by immersion in hot water rather than by toasting, since the latter would leave too much of an oak impact on the wine.
Price UK N/A www.vineyard29.com
Taster Karen MacNeil