We're holding on to summer as long as we can on Happy Hour with Hannah and Otto's Wine & Spirits! This M.A.N Vintners 2016 Warrelwind Sauvignon Blanc, from the coastal region in South Africa, is perfect for a beautiful summer afternoon. The moment I saw the flavor profile was all about tropical fruits and limes I knew I would love it! With this wine you're going to get a perfect balance between a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and one that comes from California. It's actually sourced from cooler, higher-elevation vineyards from Stellenbosch so there will be an added fruit intensity. There's also a 10% Semilon added to the wine which helps it age in the bottle. Perfect example of things getting better with age! The grapes used in this wine have very concentrated flavors so you'll get a very refreshingly crisp taste too! It'll pair well with this wonderful weather we're supposed to have this weekend and also with lighter foods like sushi, salads and fish dishes.
What I really love about this wine though is the story behind M.A.N Family Wines. It was started in 2001 by three friends who wanted to produce a good quality wine, at a good value with good packaging. To keep the piece they ended up naming it after their wives: Marie, Anette, Nicky! Cute right?! I think I wouldn't mind taking a trip there one day either! Warrelwind (whirlwinds) are common in the vineyards throughout summer. The seasonal winds cool the grapes and turn the windmills dotting the landscape. I bet that would be beautiful to see!
After all that, I'm guessing you think this is going to be an expensive wine. Not the case! This is a great value for a Sauvignon Blanc and for such an inexpensive wine, it's very expressive and distinguished. Regular price is just $12 but it's on-sale now at Otto's Wine & Spirits for just $8.99 a bottle!