This is an exceptional Chardonnay, especially for the price, with more Burgundian than New World breeding in it. It's fresh with citrus, flint and passion fruit notes on the nose and a bright, layered palate that fills the mouth. Barrel fermentation and six months on the lees with battonage give weight and roundness to the palate but none of that disjointed sweet oak that mars so many New World Chardonnays. Very, very highly recommended.
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Reserve Chardonnay 2011
Grape Varieties100% Chardonnay
AppellationValle de Uco
DescriptionIn the remote upper reaches of Argentina's Uco Valley on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Bodegas Salentein produces a remarkable collection of wines from vineyards planted at some of the highest elevations on the planet. From this lofty outpost, 65 miles south of the bustling city of Mendoza, Argentina's winemaking capital, Bodegas Salentein (Sah-len-tyne) has forged an international reputation for its fine wines. Each year, growing numbers of curious wine lovers are drawn to this spectacular location, intent on discovering and experiencing the beauty and ethos of Bodegas Salentein for themselves. Bodegas Salentein is a wine destination like no other. Established in the late 1990s, Salentein is a privately-owned estate of almost 5,000 acres, of which 1,124 acres are planted to vine. The property includes a world-class winery and cellars, a 125-acre nature preserve, the showpiece Killka Center for Culture and the Arts, a nearby lodge (the Posada Salentein, offering an elegant and relaxed retreat into nature), and the landmark Chapel of Gratitude, a non-denominational chapel of ascetic loveliness, built using ancient local stonework techniques.
Vinification100% of the grapes are hand-harvested and immediately transported to the winery. Whole clusters of berries go through a pneumatic press to help facilitate separation from the skins.
NoseLovely aromas of fresh citrus fruits, pineapple and toasty oak
PalateGenerous and round flavors of green apple and lemon complemented by subtle tropical notes and refreshing acidity
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.31RS: 2.4 g/LTA: 5.85 g/L
Serving SuggestionsAn ideal match for fish, chicken, roasted pork, stuffed turkey and roasted vegetables