I've been wrongfully dismissive of Sauvignon Blanc. Wrongful in that I’ve clearly been missing out. Given accusations of geocentricism in my wine preferences (I’m sure I have no idea what anyone is talking about), it should come as no surprise that this particular Kellerei Cantina Terlano Sauvignon hails from Trentino-Alto Adige, in a region known as Südtirol.
This Terlano Sauvignon is viscous, rich and ripe, with the faintest floral nose. A touch of apple and peach, and an undercurrent of tropical pineapple – all of which shine through the greenish-yellow colour. On first blush, it has a hint of grapefruit and Meyer lemon – but with greater restraint than those from New Zealand, which can be tricky with food.
Shimmering bright herbaciousness and slightly dirty – in a good way – minerality hints of the sandy, porphyry gravel in which these grapes were grown prior to being aged in stainless steel for eight months. And nary a touch of oak. All the makings of a great wine in my book.
B. - a previously confirmed red-wine drinker - and I opened this up one night over light meal of salumi, formaggi and Lacinato kale salad when it was simply too hot to ignite the oven or turn on the stove. We uncorked this wonderful wine with my recently acquired waiter’s friend corkscrew, which has risen above the rest on my quest for the ultimate opener. It’s refined, elegant and handsome – much like its gifter.
Wine: 2005 Kellerei Cantina Terlan(o) Sauvignon Winkl, Terlano, Italia
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Recommended Pairings: Hard, aged cheeses, egg-pasta with chanterelles or morels, and raw shellfish