DRINK DIFFERENT - TRY THE ITALIAN CITRUS BOMB
Originating in the Loire Valley region of France, Sauvignon Blanc has become one of the most widely-planted grape varieties. An increasingly popular style of Sauvignon Blanc are wines which have been aged on their lees, giving a richer, creamier mouthfeel and flavours of lemon curd, crème brulée, butter and lemon oil. These wines tend to be barrel fermented, giving an oilier texture.
But if you are seeking an alternative to the ubiquitous Sauvignon, but like this style of wine, look no further than Italy, where the grape Vermentino – originally from Sardinia – is now more widely cultivated (you will find it in the Languedoc, California, Australia and Argentina, too).
With lively aromas of pear, pink grapefruit, peach and lime, Vermentino is a bit of a citrus bomb, giving the fresh feel of a Sauvignon but with a character all of its own.