SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020
The wine displays a light lemon color. The palate is dominated by gooseberries, with a hint of jasmine. It is quickly followed by a fruity richness with notes of lychee. In the mouth, this rather dry wine is crisp, bright and acidic. The flavors cling to the front of the mouth, demonstrating the good typicity of Sauvignon Blanc.
sauvignon blanc 85% – chardonnay 15%
Total acidity: 5.66 g/l | PH: 3.6 | Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l | Contains sulfites
22.80$ per unit (12 units per case)
The 2020 vintage was characterized by low rainfall during the hot summer that followed a cool, dry winter. This reduced yields, as did some frost and hail in the Uco Valley.
Overall, the grapes ripened faster than usual, with an early harvest, but the quality was fantastic.
The red grapes produced very concentrated and expressive wines, while the whites showed a very good varietal expression. CThis vintage will undoubtedly be known for its great wines with a long aging potential.
This wine is made from a blend of hand-picked Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes, followed by careful double sorting before fermentation. The grapes were harvested early and co-fermented to retain the freshness provided by high natural acidity, enhancing the aromas for a more complex nose. Fermentation took place in concrete eggs, at a temperature between 16 and 18°C, for 16 days. The natural shape of the concrete eggs means that the wine remains in constant natural movement, allowing for great contact with the lees. Only indigenous yeasts were involved in the process. Malolactic fermentation was only partially allowed to maintain the freshness of the malic acid. Each tank is tasted every day to determine the needs. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 9 months in the same concrete eggs. No aging in oak.
Food and wine pairing
This 2020 sauvignon blancpairs well with shellfish, grilled calamari or swordfish.
For vegetarians, try it with grilled greens or pasta with green pesto.
Lucas Orlando Gimenez has grown up into the wine business. Born in Argentina in a family of winemakers, he has wonderful memories of his childhood, playing in the vineyards and the family winery.
Therefore, he started working in this industry at a very young age, as he could take advantage of the expertise and know-how of his relatives. In order to develop his skills, he enjoyed several experiences, such as in the Napa Valley in the United States, in Bordeaux in France and in Provence, where he is still the chief winemaker of Château La Coste. At the same time, he manages with his dedicated team the Argentine vineyards of La Coste de los Andes, Andillian, Paso de los Andes (Ocho Gauchos), Dos Arroyos and Finca Iral.
Among all these projects, he keeps energy to his family, who helps him balance his personal life and success.
To sum up, Lucas Orlando Gimenez is a passionate winemaker who combines the ancestral art of winemaking with new techniques that drive to unique and daring wines.
The grapes come from a single site, the Paso de Los Andes vineyard in the unique Las Pintadas section of the Uco Valley.
The district of Las Pintadas is located between the limits of the alluvial cones of Los Chacayes and Los Sauces, towards the eastern zone of the Uco Valley, which explains the heterogeneity of its soil. Over time, the relatively fine material entrained within the confines of these fans has allowed a sandy silt to form on the surface. At depth, we find active limestone. Thanks to the extraordinary heterogeneity of the soil, the vineyard obtains fatter, more succulent and rounder wines.
Although the Uco Valley is generally a semi-desert region, there are natural upwellings in the district of Las Pintadas that produce a lush and green environment with a great biodiversity. The vineyard therefore requires limited irrigation during the growing season, allowing us to manage the limited water supply with great efficiency. The irrigation water comes from a pure, deep aquifer that lies directly under the vineyard and is replenished each year by meltwater from the nearby Andes Mountains. Las Pintadas is a high-altitude region, varying from 980 to 1090 meters. It is characterized by long and hot summer days followed by cool nights, allowing a complete ripening of the grapes with preservation of the acidity.