Sauvignon Blanc (SB hereinafter) is a bit like Chardonnay: it grows well in so many places. However, they are also so very much unlike each other: despite the huge variety of styles worldwide, SB has an inherently recognizable “green” character; whereas Chardonnay is basically neutral before elevage. Like Chardonnay, SB can accumulate lots of sugar and, left unchecked, can make very full and fruity wines. (To balance these naturally occurring opposites – and Matetic ‘EQ’ stands for equilibrium – of course is the winemaker’s forever challenge.) New Zealand often does so by balancing pungent green flavors on one side and sweet tropical fruit on the other (think about the shape of a dumbbell) while great Sancerre walks a tightrope with subtle intimations of herbs and sweetness balanced by an intense core of minerals (think top shaped). The cool coast of Chile is one of the few regions outside of France that seems to be able to regularly make SB with delicacy yet no lack of overall intensity. Matetic’s SB comes from an organic and biodynamic vineyard in Chile's coastal Casablanca valley and like so many wines from South America it smokes any competition at its price. Flavors of melon, peach and citrus accompany those of snow peas and nettle; the overall impression is deep and layered yet, like any good SB, refreshing.