martes, 16 de abril de 2013

Clos de los Siete Mendoza 2009, Argentina


- Wine information: Michel Rolland, with his partner Jean-Michel Arcaute visited Argentina in 1988. They were immediately captivated by the beauty of its landscape, its people, its culture but also its fantastic vine-growing potential. A whole year was needed to discover the match of soil, water capacity and space they were looking for. The 'Campo' they chose was divided into 7 equal plots. To maintain high quality four wineries were built: Monteviejo, Flesha de los Landes, Cuvelier de los Andes and Diamandes. All grapes are harvested and twice sorted manually and the wine is matured 1/3rd in vats and 2/3rd in new French oak barrels, with no filtration and no fining.

- Grape varieties: 57% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot.

- Tasting Notes:

"The 2009 Clos de Los Siete is a nearly identical blend with the same elevage. Ripe, succulent, and impressively balanced, this outstanding value will also drink well for another 5-6 years". Wine Advocate 90 Points

"Rich yet cut, with complex layers of cassis, blackberry and fig paste leading to notes of tobacco and wild herb that linger on the minerally finish. Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. –NW" Wine Spectator 89 Points

- Price: £14


Cuyo is a large administrative and economic region in the central-west of Argentina. While it is not a wine region itself, it does neatly encompass the country's most proilfic wine-producing areas: Mendoza and San Juan. For viticultural purposes, the La Rioja region is often included as part of Cuyo.

Cuyo's landscape ranges from the peaks of the Andes in the west - including the 22,841ft (6926m) Mt. Aconcagua - to the fertile plains of the Pampas and Cordoba in the south and east. The region's few rivers are the product of meltwater from the Andes and are a critical resource for viticulture.


Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina, responsible for roughly 70% of the country's annual wine production.

Situated in the rain shadow of the Andes mountains to the west, Mendoza benefits from a dry climate and high average temperatures. Irrigation is facilitated by the various rivers which cross the region, including the Mendoza river itself, which runs down from the mountains. Warm, dry harvest periods mean that winemakers are able to pick their grapes according to ripeness, rather than being ruled by the vagaries of the weather. As with other New World countries, this leads to a reduction in vintage variation, as well as consistent quality from year to year. Predictable harvests also afford Mendoza's winemakers the luxury of increased control over the styles of wine they produce - a factor which has contributed to the region's international reputation.

Mendoza has many high-altitude vineyards, with an average altitude of around 3000ft (900m) above sea level. Soil types vary across the region, but the majority of the vines are planted on alluvial soils (sand over clay), illustrating the reliance on local rivers for irrigation.

Mendoza already has multiple sub-regions, including several of particular interest, which will soon become recognized in their own right. In 1993, one of these, Luian de Cuvo, became Argentina's first officially acknowledged controlled appellation.

A large number of grape varieties grow successfully in Mendoza, including Cabernet Sauvianon, Malbec, Syrah and Temoranillo for red wines, and Chardonnay. Semillon, Torrontes and Viognier for white wines.


Valley de Uco is a viticultural region southwest of Mendoza, in Argentina. Situated along the Tunuyán River, the Uco Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, and all of Argentina. The average temperature is 14ºC and altitudes range from 900 to 1,200 meters (2,950 to 3,930 ft) above sea level.

The combination of high elevation, alluvial soils, irrigation sourced from the Andes Mountains, a long growing season ~ over 250 sunny days a year, little rain and vast temperature differences between day and night are all conducive to growing quality wine grapes. These climate and geography elements come together to provide excellent fruit ripening and concentration, developing colors, aromas, flavors and textures resulting in wines that are deep in color, intense in aromas and rich in flavors. The Uco Valley figures prominently in the Argentina Wine Route for tourist visitors.

The annual average temperature is 14 °C (57 °F). Traditionally, the varietals grown in this area are Sémillon and Malbec; together with Bonarda and Barbera in a smaller amount.

References: Thiénot UK and Wikipedia

1 comentario:

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