Terranoble Estate Sauvignon Blanc 21
It's been a difficult year for Sauvignon Blanc lovers. Parts of the Loire Valley in France suffered from extended frost, punctuated by an episode of destructive hail. New Zealand's best vineyard in the Marlboro also experienced a significantly reduced harvest. Fortunately, the Central Valley in Chile enjoyed a bumper crop of Sauvignon Blanc, thanks to a bumper crop this past March. The TerraNoble is one of the first 2021 Sauvignon Blancs we've tasted, and I can tell you, it's both delicious and a terrific bargain.
The TerraNoble Estate was founded in 1993 with the intention of concentrating on top-quality Merlot production. One year later, that focus shifted dramatically when Chilean Merlot was identified as Carménère. Since then, they have become one of the region's benchmark producers of Carménère, along with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
In your glass, this wonderfully fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc is very expressive on the nose, with notes of peach and melon jumping out of the glass. There's an ample balance of fruit and acidity; however, there's more body and ripeness on the palate than Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire or Marlboro. Tropical notes and a hint of orange peel drive the middle palate through the lengthy finish.
The TerraNoble Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent example of what we can look forward to with Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. It's clean, refreshing, and superbly versatile with food and terrific just on its own.