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Signature White Blend 2018 | Argentina | Silver Medal

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Lychee, lime and flowers in this lovely blend of Sauvignon blanc, Semillon and Torrontés. Decanter Silver.

This blend of Sauvignon blanc, Semillon and Torrontés has a remarkably high aromatic intensity, with aromas of lychee, lime and floral blossom. Recognised as “outstanding” by multiple independent experts, this wine was created by Argentina’s most famous female winemaker Susana Balbo, through an elaborate and sophisticated winemaking process: it was fermented with dry ice to extract delicate fruit flavours delicate, and matured for 4 months in French oak barrels to create complex secondary aromas. “Full-bodied, waxy and dense with lots of fruit and a flavorful finish. Fascinating white. Drink now.” – James Suckling

Winemaker

Geographical Indication

Style

Still Dry White Wine

Grape

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Vintage

2018

ABV

12.9%

SKU: STW-SEM-AR-SUS-2018-01 Categories: , , , , , ,
Description

Winemaking

Grape: 45% Semillón, 30% Torrontés, 25% Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard location: Finca La Delfina, Altamira (Uco Valley), Mendoza, 1,050 metres above sea level

Winemaker: Susana Balbo

Harvest: hand harvested

Maturation and fermentation: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon: maceration for six hours at very low temperatures with dry ice before pressing. Fermentation with wild yeasts.

Torrontes: pressing without maceration. Fermentation with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Once the alcoholic fermentation is over, the wine is kept for a month over lees to improve the mouthfeel. Final blending and racking to barrels (batonage once per month).

Oak ageing: 4 months in 60% first use French oak barrels and 40% second use barrels

Analytical data

ABV: 12.9% vol

Acidity: 6.6 g/l

Tasting Notes

Appearance: pale lemon colour.

Nose: pronounced aromatic intensity. Aromas of flower blossom, grapefruit and lime, tropical fruits: lychee and passion fruit.

Palate: dry wine, with medium acidity, medium body, and pronounced flavour intensity. Balanced, with a long pleasant finish.

Verdict: “Outstanding” (balanced, long finish, high flavour intensity, complex primary and secondary aromas).

Lychee fruit

Lychee

White flower

Flower blossom

Lime

Lime

Useful tips

Pairings: being a versatile blend, it pairs really well with many foods – salads, chicken, seafood risotto, white fish, sashimi, prawns and shellfish. Try it with Asian food or a mild curry.

Serving temperature: Chilled, 7-10 ° C

Storage: In a cool place, away from direct sunlight, bright artificial light or heat sources

Ranking & Awards

  • Decanter Silver Medal

Harvest 2018

  • 93 pts. James Suckling

Harvest 2017

  • 95 pts. Tim Atkin
  • 94 pts. James Suckling
  • 93 pts. Descorchados
  • 92+ pts. Stephen Tanzer

Harvest 2016

  • 95 pts. Tim Atkin
  • 95 pts. Descorchados
  • 94 pts. Robert Parker
  • 92 pts. James Suckling
  • 92 pts. Decanter

Harvest 2015

  • 94 pts. Tim Atkin
  • 94 pts. Descorchados
  • 93 pts. James Suckling
  • 93 pts. Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
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