Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Review (2021)

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What Kind of Wine Is Frontera Sauvignon Blanc?

The Frontera Sauvignon Blanc wine originates from the Valle Central in Chile. Sauvignon Blanc grapes originated in France and thrive in a Mediterranean climate. The Winelands of Chile has a very similar climate, so it suits this type of grape perfectly. It is one of Chile’s best-selling wines and popular with white wine drinkers around the world.

This wine has a light, fresh flavor, and a fruity character. Its crisp acidity is one of the things that makes this wine attractive. The beauty of the Frontera Sauvignon Blanc is that its flavors are not hidden away in the background. This wine holds its ground when compared with other Sauvignon Blanc brands in a similar price bracket. In my review, you will find only some of the best things about this wine.


Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Review

  • Winery — Frontera
  • Country/Region — Chile, Valle Central
  • Type — Chile Sauvignon Blanc
  • Aroma — Fruity, Citrus, Peach
  • Grapes — Sauvignon Blanc
  • Taste — Citrus, Green Apple, Apricot, Gooseberry, Pinapple
  • Alcohol Content — 13%
  • Sugar — Dry
  • Pairing — Shellfish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Creamy Spaghetti, Goat’s Cheese

This white wine is popular and loved for its “green” herbal flavors and typical acidity. It is not an overly complex wine, but it is a very “quaffable” drink. A decent New World wine indeed. I do not hesitate to recommend trying the Frontera Sauvignon Blanc in my review. It is certain to be better than you expect it to be.

Overall Rating: 3.8

Positives
  • Fruity
  • Easy On The Palate
  • Good Price
  • Well-balanced
Negatives
  • Maybe A Little Too Tart

Tasting Notes

This wine is crisp and light. Nothing beats a chilled glass of Frontera Sauvignon Blanc in the sunshine. It is perfect to wash away a hard day at the office or to enjoy with friends. It will pair effortlessly with almost every meal, whether indoors or out. Surprisingly, it has a bit of bite to it, which is rather unusual for a Sauvignon Blanc, but it is such an easy-to-drink wine and gives endless drinking pleasure.

Appearance

This dry, white wine has a bright, greenish-yellow color, which is almost brassy. Compared to other Sauvignon Blancs, it has a deeper color. When you swirl the glass, the legs flow slowly and irregularly, due to its medium body. Just follow the 5 S’s(see, swirl, sniff, sip, and savor) for wine tasting, and you will get the most out of the Frontera Sauvignon Blanc appearance.

Aroma

The main aromas that form the nose of this wine are fruity. You should be able to pinpoint a whiff of apple, freshly cut grass, and peaches. Once you open the bottle and pour a glass, the best way to find the aromas, is to stick your nose deep in the bowl of the glass and take a big sniff. With this wine, you should be able to identify a peachy or apricot aroma.

Taste

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing on the palate. Included in the fruity flavors is a definite citrus back note, and you should be able to pick up the peach and light blossom in the mouth. There are no oaky notes because the grapes undergo cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks rather than barrels. Your taste buds will enjoy meeting this fine example of Chilean wine-making craftsmanship.

Finish

The finish is relatively short, with a slightly sweet and subtle fruit aftertaste. I detected green apple, lime, and light earthiness during the aftertaste. As I already mentioned in the beginning of this review, this is a straightforward wine that is unpretentious, but enjoyable to the last sip.

Rating

I like its medium body and subtle dryness. The aromas are fruity with notes of peach, apricot, lime, and a vague grassiness. Compared to other New World wines, like Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand for example, this Chilean one is slightly sweeter. All things considered, this is a very drinkable white wine that is approachable and down-to-earth.

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Food Pairing

This dry, white wine pairs perfectly with subtle food flavors. Think fish, poultry, and vegetables. Crab and lobster meet their perfect match with Frontera Sauvignon Blanc, as do other fish such as halibut, salmon, bass, or cod. Your vegetable pairing can match well with fried zucchini, a green pasta salad, or lovely asparagus risotto.

You can also try green peas, lime, lemon, zucchini, bell pepper, eggplant, green beans, or artichoke.  Cheeses like mozzarella, feta, goat gouda, parmesan, or a ricotta will also pair well. Basically, you want to pair this wine with soft and flavorful cheeses. For a meat paring, keep in mind that the wine is light, so keep your pairings light. Chicken, turkey, and pork will work fine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes Frontera Sauvignon Blanc?

The Frontera winery in Chile is part of Concha Y Toro wine producers. They have two winemakers who oversee the wine-making process. Both Jorge Miranda and Marcelo Gangas have studied Oenology. Together they combine knowledge and experience in the production of Chilean wines and have elevated the reputation of Frontera Sauvignon Blanc. They each contribute special skills in their own specific area of expertise, and this comes through in every bottle of this Sauvignon Blanc.

How Is Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Made?

The grapes are hand-picked and harvested in March. This is a very labor-intensive production method. The green-skinned grape originated in the Bordeaux region of France. Once the grapes are harvested, they are kept in steel barrels for 2 months. The “green” aromatics in Sauvignon Blanc come from compounds called Methoxypyrazinest that are an essential ingredient in the making of this type of wine. The amount of contact that the must (freshly crushed grape juice that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit) has with the skins of the grape, is one of the most decisive factors in the making of this type of wine. It can greatly influence the quality of the Sauvignon Blanc.

Where Is Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Made?

The Frontera Sauvignon Blanc is made in the Valle Central in Chile, South America. The soil is a sandy loam, with some clay. The presence of calcium carbonate in different strata gives the soil a unique mineral character. This valley typically has low rainfall and moderate temperatures throughout the year. The sea breeze has a constant influence.

How to Serve Frontera Sauvignon Blanc?

This wine is enjoyed best when it is well chilled. A wine bucket filled with ice with a temperature of 46-50F (8-10C) will do the trick nicely. White wines need a chill to lift delicate aromas and acidity. However, when they are too cold, flavors become muted.

How Much Does Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Cost?

This wine is an affordable and decent tasting wine. With a price tag of $8-$10, you are in the right price range. Frontera Sauvignon Blanc price is comparable with similar wines. At this price, you will receive a good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy with your friends or by yourself.

How Long Does Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Last?

A Sauvignon Blanc is best consumed within 18 months of production. A medium-bodied wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc, will last for 5-7 days after you have opened the bottle. Just make sure that it is sealed with a cork and stored in a fridge.

How Many Calories Does Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Have?

Dry wines are the lowest in carbohydrates, and this refreshing white is one of the driest and crispest around. Frontera Sauvignon Blanc calories count up to 121 per serving. As a bonus, this wine comes with only approximately 3 grams of carbs per serving. The calorie breakdown is 0% fat, 97% carbs, 3% protein and Frontera Sauvignon Blanc alcohol content is 13%.

Conclusion

This white wine is popular and loved for its “green” herbal flavors and typical acidity. It is not an overly complex wine, but it is a very “quaffable” drink. A decent New World wine indeed. I do not hesitate to recommend trying the Frontera Sauvignon Blanc in my review. It is certain to be better than you expect it to be.

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