Gryphus Wine Company produces one wine, a Sauvignon Blanc from the Valle De Rapel in Chile
Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from the famed "Los Lingues" vineyard, which is 2000 feet above sea level. The climate is heavily influenced by the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, and receives strong trade winds which keep the vineyards well-ventilated and free from unpleasantries like rot, mildew, and pests. For you, the wine lover, this means less chemical residue from pesticides and fungicides in your wine.
Climate and wind prolong the ripening, which is crucial to the flavor you taste in Gryphus Sauvignon Blanc. It is bright and vigorous but with a fully ripe mouth feel. It is zippy and clean but with loads of fragrant pear aromas. In other words, the grapes can get ripe while still maintaining acid—a delicate balance sought by winemakers everywhere, but which can only be achieved naturally when microclimate and varietal are perfectly matched.
"My challenge is to find micro-terroirs that reflect the personalities of the wines I want to make. I pick by lot and establish what each will bring to the final blends. It takes a lot of micro-management, but the results make it worthwhile. "
"Euro-centric wine lovers would be very pleasantly surprised by the balance and focus of a number of Chilean wines today . . .(and) Chile's winegrowers have been particularly focused on their vineyards in recent years . . .Prices in most cases lag far behind improvements in quality."