I am beyond excited to welcome you to my new series Organic Wine Review with The Clean Dish’s first resident wine taster Nadia Hetzel!
Nadia is one of the baddest chicks in the wine business – not only does she have the most refined palate and a nose like a bomb sniffing dog, she also holds an engineering degree in enology and viticulture from a German university (so you know it’s legit. Excuse my bias).
In this series, we’ll be reviewing our favorite organic wines and Nadia will be rating them according to the 20 point scale system which I convert over to an easy 5 star rating system for those that aren’t familiar with a more elaborate rating sheet….
Organic Wine Review
Frey Sauvignon Blanc 2014
with Nadia Hetzel
- 4.4 / 5
Flinty with tones of rich honey, lemon zest, brioche, with hints of sea salt and shale.
Full bodied with reappearance of the bright lemon zest in the mid pallet, brioche, unctuous mouthfeel with great umami. Long finish.
No cellar manipulation here! The usual fresh mowed grass and gooseberry do not scream you down from the nose. Instead of the one trick pony Sauvignon Blancs that end in a citrus monotony (because they are all using the very same popular brand of pre-packaged freeze dried yeast) there are intricate notes of spontaneous fermentation which gives this wine an instantly layered complexity.
This drop is an enlightenment of unadulterated vinification. It is one of those rare wines that has my nose glued to the glass while I wax poetically about vines living in equilibrium with their environment. Having made wines in a conventional sense my entire life, I am experiencing pangs of jealousy as I think of those lucky bastards that are in the Rudolf Steiner party pool! My hats off to Frey and their lovely Sauvignon Blanc.
Scallops, sushi or grilled fish with pineapple salsa. Schnitzel drizzled with lemon juice and a side salad with a light vinaigrette. Organic baby romaine salad with cucumbers and a lime based vinaigrette.
Cross-cultural winemaker extraordinaire with a K9 sense of smell and an engineering degree in enology and viticulture from the University of Geisenheim in Germany. Nadia has worked in many prestigious wineries including the renowned Riesling producer Schloss Johannisberg and the first organic winery in Germany, Weingut Sander. Outside of the wine cellar, you are likely to bump into Nadia at an open air Bluegrass concert or a whiffy cheese tasting.