Country: Argentina  Region: Mendoza   Grape: Chardonnay

Argentina has been making wine since the 1500’s, tracing its wine heritage back to Spain, France and Italy. The wine-making region spreads at the foothills of the Andean Mountain range with a variety of climates and soils that makes each region a unique land. In general terms, the areas dedicated to vine cultivation are dry and arid with a low level of rain and humidity, determining factors in regards to grape health. Abundant sunny days and thermal amplitude favor a good maturity and concentration of aroma and color. Water comes from the Andean range thaw.

Mendoza, the most important wine producing province in the nation, represents more than 80% of all Argentina’s wine production, from 146,000 hectares of vineyards. One hundred percent Chardonnay grapes, grown in selected vineyards in the east region of Mendoza, make up this selection. Lovely straw yellow, it is a fresh, smooth wine with aromas of apples and ripe pineapples. It has a nice balanced acidity and flavors that mimic the aromas. Enjoy it now, chilled, with cold soups (gazpacho, vichyssoise, etc.), poultry and a wide array of fish dishes.

Cepas Privadas Chardonnay:

CHARDONNAY — This white grape grows practically everywhere plants grow, adaptable to a wide range of climates. The flavors are extremely compatible with oak, so many Chardonnays receive some oak treatment. Unoaked chardonnays, such as this fruit-driven one from Cepas Privadas, are the exception. This grape is full of fruity aromas and flavors ranging from apple to tropical fruit, but sometimes display subtle earth, mushroom and mineral aromas. It makes dry wines of medium to high acidity that are generally full-bodied.

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