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Summer is in full swing which conjures thoughts of refreshing cold white wines to satisfy our Texas sized thirst. There are numerous directions to look for wines that adhere to this category, and it seems the list keeps growing as the Texas wine industry continues to flourish. Blends seem to make the cut more often than not as they offer some of the most balanced wines. Bright acidity and lighthearted aromas are usually what help to quench our thirst the most on a sizzling hot day.
Zero 815 Winery on Wine Road 290 is a fairly new player in the Texas Hill Country. Passion behind the winery’s culture is very clear, and they are committed to making wines with 100% Texas grown fruit. Texas pride and a background in culinary arts are what seem to make Zero 815 really tick. If you haven’t visited already, you really should make it a point to stop by next time you are in the Hye, Texas area. They have nice indoor and outdoor seating areas, and the opportunity to enjoy a cheese plate made by Antonelli’s in Austin is a pretty sweet bonus!
The wine up for review is a refreshing white blend from the peeps at Zero 815. Once cracked open, the wine pours into the glass a golden straw color. The nose is very much alive and vibrant. Notes of tropical fruit, jasmine, and orange blossom stand out. Nuances of sweet lemon are also present. The palate of this wine is completely different from the aromas. Citrus elements dominate the flavor profile, along with a very bright and clean mouthfeel. There is a nice weight on the tongue due to 0.8 grams per liter residual sugar, but the wine is not overly sweet by any means. The overall balance is solid and the finish is long and smooth.
- Zero 815 Winery HyeLand White Blend, 2016 vintage
- Winemaker: Bottled by McPherson Cellars, made exclusively for Zero 815 Winery
- Appellation: Texas, Texas High Plains AVA
- Grape varieties: 33% Muscat Canelli, 32% Chenin Blanc, 30% Vermentino, 3% Viognier, 2% Albariño
- Clarity/brightness: Clear/bright, with no detectable flaws and no evidence of gas or sediment
- Tannins: N/A
- Acidity: Medium plus
- Alcohol: Medium
- Finish: Long
- Alcohol by volume: 12.3%
- Price: $29.00 per bottle at the time of review
I’d say this is a nice bottle of wine overall. It is balanced, refreshing, and slightly off-dry which makes it quite friendly with spicy summer foods. The blend of diverse grapes makes this wine a fun one to think about. The nose and palate are quite different, which gets you thinking a little. For the price, I would personally prefer something a little more powerful and aromatic such as a dry varietal Viognier, Vermentino, or Roussanne, but all in all this is a wine worth trying. Pair with slightly spicy chicken wings and French fries for maximum enjoyment.
Sip, savor, and enjoy my fellow aficionados.