Matthiasson Family Vineyards Tendu White (1L) 2016
Winemaker Steve Matthiasson got his start in wine as an advisor to some of California’s most revered wineries. Yet he found himself dreaming of his own estate, where he could work naturally with obscure Italian grape varieties, and still make complex top-tier California wines. He and his wife managed to secure a 5-acre property in Napa–no easy feat these days–where he planted things like Ribolla Gialla, Sémillon, and Tokai Friulano. This was a seriously risky proposition for a new winemaker on such prime real estate. Yet, because of both an evolving consumer base looking for more exploration and chiefly because of unrivalled attention to detail, the popularity of the wines took off. Matthiasson was named California winemaker of the year in 2014 and finding his wines today is nearly impossible. For good reason, from the Tendu wines like these to the top of the line cuvées, they are spectacular expressions of California wine that represent the work of one of the stars of American viticulture.
As well as producing these wines, Steve also consults for some of California’s biggest names, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and the Long Term Wine Co. Away from all these fancy titles and wines, the Tendu brand was created to produce the ultimate Californian bbq wine – high-quality fruit, handcrafted to create something fun, fresh and easy drinking. Tendu translates as tense, and these are vibrant wines, with a crown cap and in an extra fun 1-litre bottle.
From a warm site that is farmed organically on pink, gravelly soils. Fermented in old oak barrels, where it remains without battonage until bottling. One small sulphur addition and light filtering to ensure stability.
Like Gruner Veltliner or Sauvignon Blanc? Then you’ll love this!! A crisp white wine with plenty of lemon and lime zest, white flowers, kiwi, with a stony, light palate with notes of apricot pit and sea salt and mouthwatering acidity. A match made in heaven for tapas, a picnic in the park or relaxing poolside.
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