Bodegas Hispano Suizas
2012 Impromptu Sauvignon Blanc
Today’s Bodegas Hispano Suizas 2012 Impromptu Sauvignon Blanc, simply put, took our breaths away. That deep golden hue, rich flavor, and fresh acidity - who crafted this magic elixir?!
The winery that produced this fantastic wine, which just happened to be rated as the Best in Spain by The Peñin Guide (the Spanish Michelin Guide), is a small passion project started by three friends. Marrying the best fruit from the Utiel-Requena region of Spain with the most modern of winemaking techniques, they’ve crafted a Sauv Blanc unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
Stephen Tanzer, Robert Parker, and now The Wine Spies have been thoroughly impressed by today’s wine. Are you next?
An incredibly rich gold, with a serious depth of color. Breathtaking.
Intense, near revelatory aromas leap from today’s wine. Strong hints of Meyer lemon, guava, and pineapple are joined by a beautiful touch of salty minerality that perfectly frames the weighty fruit notes.
Crisp and refreshing, with some serious heft as well. Fresh citrus and exotic fruit flavors mingle with lime leaf, sea salt minerality, and just a touch of subtle oak.
An incredible wine, with rich flavors, full acidity, and a finish that lingers and lingers. Elevates Sauvignon Blanc to another level entirely.
Seafood will pair amazingly well with the minerality that streaks through today’s wine. We chose grilled octopus, served with fresh lemons and olives.
What the Winery Says
Color: Yellow with green tints Aroma: Very intense aromas of minerals, tropical fruits, and compote Taste: Rich, with weighty fruit flavors, good acidity, and a lengthy finish
Winemaking Notes We pick the best grapes from our vineyards, which have just 4,000 plants per hectare. We only harvest in the morning to keep the grapes at an optimum temperature until they reach the winery. Once at the winery, the grapes are placed in cold storage rooms and kept at a steady -10°C for 3 full days. We then destalk and crush the grapes in small lots. The grape pulp is put into a temperature controlled stainless steel tank, where the grapes go through a cold pellicular maceration (at 0°C) for more than 16 hours. The grapes are then placed into a pneumatic press to be gently pressed at no more than 0.5 bars. After pressing, the must is extracted, decanted for 24 hours, and then fermented in new American oak barrels. Once this fermentation is completed, the wine is left on its leas until bottling.
- Pablo Ossorio
- 94 Points - Peñin Guide, 91 Points - Stephen Tanzer, 90 Points - Robert Parker
- D.O.P. Utiel-Requena, Spain
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Growing Climate
- Continental climate with Mediterranean influences
- Soil Type
- Chalky clay soils
About the Winery
Bodegas Hispano Suizas is an innovative project located in Utiel-Requena, Spain. We strive to develop unique wines which blend local varietals with modern techniques, but always staying true to the fruit and soil. The result is a growing collection of premium, yet affordable, wines. We don’t seek to make wines for museums - our wines are crafted to be enjoyed among friends and family.