Portillo
Chardonnay
CountryArgentina
RegionMendoza
Grape Varieties100% Chardonnay
AppellationValle de Uco
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DescriptionSituated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina's Mendoza region, the Portillo (meaning "path" or "gateway") winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. Portillo's state-of-the-art winery is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to better blend in with the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, each 16 feet deep, with much of the facility concealed below ground, Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility's ingenious design, which takes careful advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built, is thought to be unique in South America.
VinificationThe grapes are harvested in the evening, when temperatures go down to 50°F-53°F. After destemming, the berries are transferred to the wine press, where a short cold maceration takes place with dry ice (4 to 6 hours at 50°F).
ColorPale yellow
NoseSubtle scents reminiscent of green apple and pear with mineral notes
PalateA refreshing mouthfeel of apple, apricot and stony minerality
AnalysisAlcohol: 13 %pH: 3.06RS: 1.80 g/LTA: 5.30 g/L
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsAn ideal match for lighter fare such as salads and seafood dishes, as well as pasta or grilled vegetables.
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