It was high time that I finally got around to featuring something from Woodchester Valley, as winemaker Jeremy Mount has been doing some particularly fine work over the last couple of years. Jeremy joined as winemaker three years ago, though the first vines were planted by Woodchurch in Amberley in 2007, and there were further plantings between 2011 and 2013.
English examples of Sauvignon Blanc are few and far between but the variety has undoubtedly started to grab attention after the excellent 2018 vintage. This wine demonstrates classic varietal typicity with aromas of cut grass, gooseberry and light tropical fruit hints.
To taste, the Woodchester Sauvignon continues to appeal with its mixture of crisp green fruit and tangy, prickly tropical fruits. There’s a nice bit of texture, the acidity is under control and not overwhelming, and there’s not a hint of that vegetal note that can overwhelm English Sauvignon. This is really very well made.