I am just going to be honest here. I am not a huge dessert wine drinker. It’s. not something Mr Spittoon and I would typically open on the regular. However we recently went out for dinner and we were asked to bring a dessert wine. We’d just received this sample bottle of the Mount Avoca 2010 Cordon Cut Sauvignon Blanc – so it was meant to be! Thank you Mount Avoca for sending it our way 🙂
If I am going for a dessert wine, I do typically choose something like this. I have had a few ‘stickies’ made from Sauvignon Blanc and I just love how the acidity of the grape variety brings such a freshness and balance to the sweetness in this style of wine.
So what exactly does Cordon Cut mean? It’s all to do with how the wine is made:
“The canes with the fruit (called “cordons”) are cut and left to hang on the trellis for three weeks prior to harvesting. This reduces the grapes to about one third of their original weight, not only concentrating the sugars but also intensifying the flavours. Assessed daily, the grapes were harvested and pressed into stainless steel in late March 2010. After cold settling for a week, a small percentage was racked off for barrel ferment and the rest was co-inoculated and fermented in tank. Specialist yeast strains were used to accentuate the already abundant aromas and lift the fruit. After eight months of storage and barrel ageing, the 2010 Cordon Cut Sauvignon Blanc was carefully blended and bottled in January 2011, and bottle-aged for a further 10 months prior to release.”
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia
Price: $26 from mountavoca.com
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My Tasting Note
We enjoyed it with some caramel Lindt chocolate and berries for dessert and it went splendidly. Definitely the perfect tipple to match dessert or a cheese platter if you ask me.
In the glass it definitely has a golden sheen to it, some could say it slightly looks like a cape gooseberry – see the pics above. In the mouth it’s clean, fresh and makes me think of lime brûlée, slightly charred pineapple and it even has a bit of a pvc whiff to it. In a good way! In the mouth it definitelt has the perfect balance of fruit sweetness and acidity and actually tastes a bit like cape gooseberries with an abundance of citrus fruits. YUM!
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!