Alpamanta “Breva” Sauvignon Blanc 2017

alpamanta breva sauvignon blanc
Argentina Mendoza
Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White Table Wine
Vintage: 2017

You could argue that, with its minimal-intervention approach and Certified Biodynamic vineyard, all of Alpamanta’s wines are “natural” wines. Breva certainly is.¬†Each bottle contains a layer of silky-fine sediment. Give it a shake to stir the wine to a cloudy bright yellow. If you’ve had the pleasure of sampling a young wine unfined from the tank, you’ll see that the Breva looks similar, quite a bit like a tank sample.

 

In a sense, that’s the essence of the wine.¬†Hand-harvested Sauvignon Blanc was picked in small bins and carried to the winery, where it was pressed to egg-shaped concrete tanks. Fermented by indigenous yeast and simply racked off the coarsest lees, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

 

In the glass, it looks like a sunbeam shining through a hazy sky. On the palate, it’s rich-textured and zesty, all layered white flowers and lemon drops. Delightful.