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Primary Notes: Oregano, Grass Lychee Orange, Lemon Meadow flowers, Jasmine Saline, Salty
Tertiary Notes: Nutty
Dryness: Very Dry
Alcohol (%): 12.5
Origin & Awards
Origin: Canterbury, New Zealand
Maker: The Hermit Ram
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Fermentation: Natural Amphora
Serving Temperature: Best served at 8–10 degrees.
Asian Food Pairing: Pad Thai, oyster omelette, Hokkien Mee
Western Food Pairing: Seafood salad, lemon and herb chicken skewers, cold cucumber soup
The Hermit Ram Salty White 2021
The Hermit Ram Salty White is a fascinating, left-field Sauvignon Blanc from Waipara. Salty as the name suggests, but complex too. Light floral notes of meadow flowers and jasmine mingle with green herbs, lemon curd and a whiff of lychee. The aromas follow through to a saline and crunchy mid-weight palate that has a prominent acidity, lovely orange peel character and a subtle savoury nuttiness. Super fun to drink!
100% Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit for this wine comes from Waipara and Theo Coles calls it an ode to the New Zealand coastline.
Some of the fruit goes through fermentation as whole bunch and ages in stainless steel, some goes through fermentation and ages in Spanish amphoras, and some neutral barrels are filled and left un-topped to develop a layer of flor yeast (a la Fino Sherry and Jura Vin Jaune).