Ovum, Sauvignon Blanc, Aldinger, 2013, White Wine from Germany
Ambitious, highfalutin, bold, cool or just refreshing – you could use each adjective if you like to describe the concept and wine named Ovum. Ovum is Latin and translates into egg. What has an egg to do with wine? Actually nothing except that one can imagine some chicken between vines.
If I remember correctly it is Matthias Aldinger of the vinery Aldiner (Fellbach close to Stuttgart in Germany) who came up with the idea to let a wine ferment in a concrete egg. Usually fermentation happens in steel tanks, wooden barrels or clay amphora – but not in cement. If you don’t believe me, please see “the” egg at the next pic.
The outcome is fascinating and belongs for me to the best of Sauvignon Blanc I know. If the quality of this wine wouldn’t so impressive that whole show and presentation of this very limited wine would be rather comical. Now it is appropriate: usually you cannot buy one bottle only, you should buy three. But those are beautiful packed in a wooden box. And something more: you are not able to test the wine – just trust Aldinger! And I trust them for good reasons, I would say.
This Sauvigon Blanc is rather dry. Typical aromas of Sauvignon Blanc like different grasses, gooseberry plus wild herbs applying together with and even a note of Kiwi or something similar. These aromas are in the most of the cases coated by baric tones or other smoky and even salty flavors. The difference of Ovum is that there is a mild sourness together with a pretty strong minerality. Someone wrote about an “oxidative” tone .. . I honestly don’t really understand this, but it sounds interesting.
Anyhow the wine is golden yellow, very smooth and has a great echo. Certainly an extraordinary drinking experience!
Since the wine is really limited produced volume wise I would recommend making some reservation for the upcoming vintages although all German wines can differ very much each year due to the weather conditions.
You can find more information about the vinery at their professional webpage: http://www.weingut-aldinger.de/. But you also can read some other reviews I already wrote about their wines: https://avdwineandfood.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/spatburgunder-rose-grosse-reserve-2013-weingut-aldinger/ and https://avdwineandfood.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/bergmandel-lemberger-gg-2012-aldinger/