No World Cup tonight so I’ll relax with a wine from a team we’ve missed this year, Chile. Vina Maipo has been acquired by Concha y Toro, who are doing some pretty good things in Chile.
A nasty plastic closure is depressing, but the wine is clear and bright, it’s a pale yellowish green. It smells fresh, fruity and just a little of elderflower blossom. There’s gooseberries and a light spiciness.
The Vina Maipo Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2005 is very dry with a tingly crisp acidity. It has a medium body, with quite a bit of minerality coming through. There’s gooseberries, but a cat hasn’t pee’d on them, they’ve been sitting in the fridge next to a bowl of fruit salad and elderberry cordial.
The flavour lingers a little – this is good stuff for £4-5 at Sainsbury’s. It’s 12.5% alcohol and has juicy fruit making it easy, budget drinking. I wouldn’t dream of paying the advertised full price, but I don’t imagine anyone ever has.
This is a great midweek wine, perfect with light pasta, salad, fishcakes, even a fish finger sandwich!