Wines from Argentina


Condor Peak. Mendoza Andean Vineyard

 

Interbalt ProductsMendoza is by far the largest wine region inArgentina, 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.

Interbalt ProductsMendoza 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, Lujan de Cuyo, became Argentina's first officially acknowledged controlled  appellation.

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


Andean Wines

Andean Chardonnay

Interbalt ProductsVariety     Chardonnay (100%)
Vineyards     Tupungato (1070 m).
Process     Hand harvesting. Destemming. Cold skin maceration at 10°C, during 5 hours. Pneumatic pressing. Cold settling (36 hours). Addition of selected yeasts. Controlled fermentation at 15°C, during 21 days. Stabilizing. Filtration. Bottling.
Main characteristics     Alcohol: 13,5% Total acidity: 6,15 g/l pH: 3,32
Presentation     750 ml.
Discription     Bright-yellow colour with green hues. Rich and powerful aromas of pineapple and citric fruit with a
touch of melon and vanilla. In the mouth, this wine delivers tropical fruit flavors. It is soft and fresh with a long and fruity finish.
Suggestions     Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany fish, fowl, pasta and semi-hard cheese.
Drinking temperature     9ºC-11°C

 


Torrontés

Interbalt ProductsVariety   Torrontés (100%).
Vineyards     Tupungato (1070 m)
Process     Hand harvesting. Destemming. Cold skin maceration at 10°C, during 5 hours. Pneumatic pressing. Cold settling (36 hours). Addition of selected yeasts. Controlled fermentation at 15°C, during 21 days. Stabilizing. Filtration. Bottling.
Main characteristics     Alcohol: 13% Total acidity: 6 g/l pH: 3,20
Presentation     750 ml.
Discription     A light to medium-bodied wine. Yellow colour with bright green hues. The wine shows intense aromas of white peach, pear, and apricot with a rich, floral bouquet. Refreshing taste, fruity, lively and crispy, with a balanced acidity and a slight sweetness.
Suggestions     Suitable to be enjoyed with white meat, curry and other Asian foods. Also very enjoyable on its own.
Drinking temperature     9ºC-11°C


Malbec

Interbalt ProductsVariety     Malbec (100%)
Vineyards    Maipú 500m – Agrelo 750m
Process    Hand harvesting. Destemming. Cold skin maceration. Addition of selected yeasts. Fermentation at 23°-26ºC during 15 days. Subtle contact with oak. Pneumatic press. Controlled natural malolactic fermentation. Blending. Stabilizing.
Filtration. Bottling.
Main characteristics    Alcohol: 13.5% Total acidity: 5,81 g/l pH: 3,60
Presentation     750 ml.
Discription    Deep red-violet colour. Rich, concentrated scents of plums and cherries with notes of vanilla and chocolate.
In the mouth it is juicy, with layers of ripe red fruit, coffee and toasted flavours. Tannins are velvety and sweet, ending with a long fruity aftertaste.
Suggestions    The ideal wine for grilled meat. It combines also very well with pasta, mild to spicy cuisine and ripe cheese.


Malbec Reserva

Interbalt ProductsComposition:     100% Malbec. Vintage: 2 008.
Vineyard:     Tupungato Valley. Mendoza. 35 years old vineyard, drip irrigated with meltwater from the Andes. Vertical trellising. Altitude: 1050 m asl. Quality of the soil: Coarse texture with very low soil water holding capacity.
Winemaking process:     Manual Harvesting Manual Selection of Bunches Desteming Berries selection Classical fermentation with selected yeasts. Natural malolactic fermentation. Auto-clarifying racking. 50 % of the Wine has been Aged in French and American oak barrels 6 months. Bottling Bottle ageing for 4 months at controlled temperature.
Labelling. Outlay.
Wine composition:     Alcohol: 14,0% v/v. Total acidity: 5,90 g/l. Tartaric Acid pH: 3.6 Residual Sugar: 3,5 g/l.
Winemaker comments:     An impressive Malbec with deep purple hues, and concentrated fruit notes like blackberry and red currant. The nose shows purity of fruit and complexity of aromas of a Malbec. It is a wine with an exquisite mouth and very sweet tannins and a long silky finish. This noble wine expresses the maturity of the vineyards in each of its characteristics.
Food matches:     The wine matches perfectly with roasted red meats, ripe cheese or also stands beautifully on its own.
Temperature:     Best served chilled between 16° and 18°C.


Shiraz

Interbalt ProductsVariety     Shiraz (100%)
Vineyards    Caucete – San Juan – 630 m.
Process    Hand harvesting. Destemming. Cold skin maceration. Addition of selected yeasts. Fermentation at 23°-26ºC during 15 days. Subtle contact with oak. Pneumatic press. Controlled natural malolactic fermentation. Blending. Stabilizing. Filtration. Bottling.
Main characteristics    Alcohol: 13.5% Total acidity: 586 g/l pH: 3,60
Presentation     750 ml.
Discription    Dark burgundy- coloured wine, well-balanced fruit and tannins. Displays notes of black pepper, red fruit and subtle vanilla.
Suggestions    The wine matches perfectly with red meat, spicy sauces and cheese or it stands beautifully on its own.

 


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