House Wine Sauvignon Blanc
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LET'S INTRODUCE THE WINE
Today I'll be tasting the canned Sauvignon Blanc from House Wine. I purchased this for $4.99 at my local Kroger QFC. Don't let these canned wines fool you, they're actually half a bottle! I'm curious to give those wine a try as I've tried the red wine from this producer and very much enjoyed it!
HOUSE WINE SAUVIGNON BLANC FUN FACTS
Let's start by talking about the Sauvignon Blanc grape:
Now let's talk about the region - Western Cape, South Africa:
WINE TASTING NOTES
Look: Medium Yellow
Smell: Unfortunately, this wine does present with the common budget canned wine aroma: reductiveness. This smell often comes forth as cabbage, canned asparagus, or a recently burnt matchstick. Luckily, this aroma often dissipates if you let the wine sit for some time. (It took about 35 minutes in my case.) Underneath the reductiveness I get citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit) and a fresh herbal note.
Taste: While I had high hopes for this can...the first taste I experienced was a very metallic taste. The alcohol was also quite strong, felt as a sharp burn in the back of my mouth.
Food Pairing - I'm thinking you don't want anything fancy with this. Think backyard cookout or picnic. It's meant for simple foods!
Occasion - My guest @lexiswinelist and I both agreed that while we weren't the biggest fans...we could definitely see ourselves drinking this wine if it was offered to us at a cookout or at a bachelorette party on the beach.
Rating - This wine did not mean expectations, the metallic taste was overwhelming as was the alcohol, and because of this I’m giving it a swill.
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