Scarce Swallowtail – Wild White 2015 – CHATEAU CIVRAC
words by Emily Scott (reblog: www.sttudyinn.com)
Scarce Swallowtail – Wild White 2015 is a new wine made as a collaboration between Winemaker Mark Hellyar and international Artist Kurt Jackson. A lightly oaked Sauvignon blanc made in the Cote de Duras. With tropical fruit aromas and a subtle vanilla finish. The artwork provided by Kurt Jackson is of the Scarce Swallowtail butterfly captured during his journeys in the Lot in France. Both Jackson and Hellyar are keen to promote nature and its conservation and this wine is a celebration of their joint interest in wine, art and nature.
About Mark Hellyar – Chateau Civrac
Mark is the owner and winemaker at Chateau Civrac in Bordeaux. Mark has been making wine ther since 2006. Marks family are from Harlyn Bay in North Cornwall near Padstow, where thay have farmed for over 200 years. Hellyar says “Wine art, food and surfing are my passions, Bringing people, family and friends together around a table for food, wine and conversation is one of the great joys of life. Creating memories and sharing moments, this is something that both I and my partner and chef Emily share. I am clear sighted, analytical and always look at the bigger picture, we are both creative but Emily always sees the finer details. Having a sense of place, working together is a wonderful thing we are able to achieve. ”
“It was around a table that Kurt and I discussed the possibility of working on a project together. Kurt had always been a supporter of my wild white sauvignon and together we shared a passion for the environment and its conservation. me as a rude mechanical working in it and He with an artististic eye of how to present it. So a project was born. Our ‘Scarce Swallowtail – Wild White’ is due for launch at his gallery in St Ives on the 14th october.”
About the wine
Scarce Swallowtail – wild white is made from 100% Sauvignon and grown in the Cote de Duras, this wine is soft and fruity. With aromas of grapefruit and peach and a subtle vanilla finish.
Many people have asked me about the name ‘wild white’ so here is the explanation: Sauvignon is derived from the French word ‘Sauvage’ or ‘Wild’ and Blanc means white. So together they become Wild white. I love the name because it conjures up images of the wild Cornwall coast and my time surfing there.
This wine is an ideal partner to fresh shellfish, especially crab but equally at home with most fish and vegetable dishes. Or just with friends.
pictures by Emily scott and Daniel Scott