It is not often that one finds German Sauvignon Blanc on US wine store shelves. In fact, as recently as 1995, Germany did not grow any Sauvignon Blanc. According to the Deutsches Weininstitut’s annual report, a mere 0.5% of Germany’s vineyards – a grand total of 581 hectares – were planted with Sauvignon Blanc in 2010. Lesser-known varietals such as Gutedel, Huxelrebe, and Ortega were each more popular that year. But that’s starting to change slowly, and in 2012 this international varietal occupied 734 hectares.
Located in Germany’s southernmost – and warmest – wine region of Baden, Weingut Fischer produces a range of dry wines, including Pinots (Blanc, Gris, and Noir), Auxerrois, and Sauvignon Blanc. Their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was a pale shimmering yellow in the glass. It was wonderfully aromatic, with loads of white grapefruit, hay, and dried herbs. Intensely acidic, the first sip made me pucker up. It is super-racy, streamlined, and structured. After getting used to the acidity, white grapefruit pith, minerality, and notes of tropical fruits and ripeness came clear. The finish is long and mouthwatering. Refreshing. Very good.
Purchased at Bin Ends in Braintree for $24.