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Atamisque Catalpa Chardonnay 2013

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We recently visited the Atamisque estate in Argentina's Uco Valley (April 2015) and tasting through their range the Catalpa Chardonnay was simply brilliant, the standout white wine showing power and sophistication in an almost Burgundian style. Perhaps we should not have been too surprised given the winemaker, Philippe Caraguel, is a Frenchman and that Belgium owners John and Chantal Du Monceau have spared no expense in making the best possible wines. Nevertheless this wine shows what can be achieved from the relatively cool, high altitude vineyards of the Uco Valley. The grapes were harvest at a yield of just 9 tonnes per hectare from the highest vineyards of this highest part of the Uco Valley. Half the wine was fermented in new oak barrels with battonage to increase the complexity. After 10 months it was blended with the other half that had been kept in stainless steel. The result is a remarkable combination of richness, ripe fruit, spicy vanilla and pear with good freshness and a wonderfully long finish. Even at an early stage this wine shows no sharp edges from its time in oak, just a lovely, full-bodied, creamy texture. Drink now to 2022.

Region: Argentina » Mendoza

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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We recently visited the Atamisque estate in Argentina's Uco Valley (April 2015) and tasting through their range the Catalpa Chardonnay was simply brilliant, the standout white wine showing power and sophistication in an almost Burgundian style. Perhaps we should not have been too surprised given the winemaker, Philippe Caraguel, is a Frenchman and that Belgium owners John and Chantal Du Monceau have spared no expense in making the best possible wines. Nevertheless this wine shows what can be achieved from the relatively cool, high altitude vineyards of the Uco Valley. The grapes were harvest at a yield of just 9 tonnes per hectare from the highest vineyards of this highest part of the Uco Valley. Half the wine was fermented in new oak barrels with battonage to increase the complexity. After 10 months it was blended with the other half that had been kept in stainless steel. The result is a remarkable combination of richness, ripe fruit, spicy vanilla and pear with good freshness and a wonderfully long finish. Even at an early stage this wine shows no sharp edges from its time in oak, just a lovely, full-bodied, creamy texture. Drink now to 2022.

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