Posted on September 21st, 2009
A great white from Stoneybatter’s Drinkstore opened this week. It was the Franck Massard “Herbis” from Rueda in Spain.
Rueda is about 160km northwest of Madrid in the province of Castilla y León and specialises in white wine.
The Herbis is made from the two Spanish grapes, Verdejo and Viura (known elsewhere as Macabeo).
Verdejo is said to have a unique flavour, with a hint of scrub herbs, a fruity touch and an excellent level of acidity.
Viura is a white grape which first found fame in Rioja.
What did it taste like?
- On the nose, very very very similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Uncannily so.
- In the gob, lipsmackingly refreshing lime and passionfruit, again very reminiscent of an NZ sauvie, but which quickly turns into a gorgeous lemony sherbet frothyness.
- Verdict? Absolutely gorgeous. Delivers in spades and competes extremely well with the €15+ bracket of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.
- Price: around €11
With all the talk of value these days, you won’t get much better than this one. It’s a real gem.