JS 93 WA 90 WE 90 Pts - According to James Suckling - This is intense and energetic with sliced lemon, pear and slate character. Salty too. Full body, with wonderful acidity and a dynamic finish. All about texture. Mostly fermented in old barrels with some concrete and stainless. Plenty of battonage for about eight months. Screw cap. Drink now.
According to Wine Advocate - The 2013 Ritual Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the Gloria vineyard, their best vineyard in Casablanca. The whole clusters are pressed and the juice is fermented 50/50 in used oak barrels that are 5-6 years old used before for the Chardonnay and in egg-shaped concrete vats where the wine ages for eight months in contact with the lees, with battonage but using extreme care not to oxidize the wine with a technique they call fill-steel-fill. The wine has a pungent nose with an herbal side, aromas of gooseberries and an unctuous palate where you cannot detect the wood even after you know how the wine is produced. The oak offers subtleness in the texture. The palate has some lemongrass flavors, and overall the wine is tasty and precise, with very good acidity and balance. A great Sauvignon Blanc at great price that I could drink any day. Drink now-2018.
According to Wine Enthusiast - Ritual is Veramonte’s top label from Casablanca and this wine is up to snuff. Grassy, green aromas of lettuce and tropical fruits set up a clean, medium-weight palate with grapefruit, gooseberry and lime flavors. A touch of bitter pyrazines rise up on the finish and dance with residual citrus notes and minerality.
According to Wine Spectator - Notes of white pepper and celery salt accent dried apple and ripe grapefruit flavors. Shows a zap of acidity on the finish. Drink now through.
Tasting Notes -Intense citrus, wild flowers and passion fruit aromas are combined with flavors of white peaches and nectarines that are enhanced by the well integrated acidity. Its long and vibrant with an impeccable clean smooth finish. Building on Agustin Huneeus’ vision to produce world-class Sauvignon Blanc from this emerging wine region, and the success of Veramonte’s Sauvignon Blanc program, Ritual was created as an elegant, yet approachable interpretation of Sauvignon Blanc. Only the finest estate-grown fruit from vineyard blocks known for producing intense fruit flavors and higher acidity are chosen for this wine. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 14.1% ABV. Rated 90+
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