Made from the property's finest plots of Chardonnay, Bodega DiamAndes is releasing the first vintage of Grande Reserve Chardonnay. It takes place at the top of the DiamAndes range, alongside Grande Reserve Rouge.
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Located in the Uco Valley, in the foothills of the Andes, Bodega DiamAndes has produced a range of intense, elegant wines since its creation in 2005. It is owned by the Bonnie family, who also manage Château Malartic-Lagravière, a Grand Cru Classé in Graves, and Château Gazin Rocquencourt in Léognan (south of Bordeaux). Produced exclusively from grapes from DiamAndes’ single block of 130 hectares of vines, these wines are popular with wine lovers all over the world.
The vines are given the same level of care as a Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé by a devoted Argentine team: manual canopy management and harvests, double sorting tables, gravity operated winery, fermentation in small temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, isolated with a polyurethane double jacket, ageing in French oak barrels.
The terroir benefits from ideal conditions. Michel Rolland, the consultant oenologist and a partner in Clos de los Siete, of which DiamAndes is a part, was quick to realize its potential.
The sandy-clay soil with a lot of pebbles is perfectly well-drained and the high altitude location (1100m), with strong diurnal range of temperature enables the tannins to give a maximum of complexity and flexibility to the wines. The DiamAndes style emphasizes elegance, balance and character.
Since its first vintage in 2007, DiamAndes Gran Reserva, a sumptuous blend of Malbec and Cabernet, has been hailed as a success by top wine critics in Argentina and the rest of the world.
In 2010, three varietal wines (Malbec, Viognier, and Chardonnay) were added to the range, along with the delicious Perlita collection (Malbec-Syrah and Chardonnay).
January 2015, release on to the market of the Grande Reserve Chardonnay (2013 vintage).
Planted in 2006, the Chardonnay vines are now showing a handsome maturity, with a very interesting aromatic balance. The team therefore decided to work on a reduced selection (only 4,500 bottles are produced) of the Chardonnay vines offering the best potential, to produce a wine of outstanding quality after 14 months of ageing in French oak barrels (60% new).
DiamAndes Grande Reserve Chardonnay 2013 thus takes its place at the top of the DiamAndes range, alongside Grande Reserve Rouge. These two great wines reflect the spirit of the bodega, presenting all the splendour and character of the fruit, combined with complexity and balance. Enjoyable, high quality wines that have the capacity to improve with age.
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Written by Decanter