Salta, Susana Balbo Wines, 2019
Golden yellow with brilliant green tinge. The nose strongly expresses exotic fruity: lychee, pineapple, white peach and grapefruit. On palate the wine is light and fresh, supported by good acidity. A balanced wine with a mineral finish to be enjoyed with pleasure.
|Origin:||Argentinien / Mendoza|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 3 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Apéro pastries, Apéro riche, Hot Asian dishes, Latin American dishes, Grilled fish, Giant crevettes, grilled langoustines|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank, fermentation at low temperatures|
|Maturation:||in steel tank|
Where nostalgia tangoes with innovation
Snow-covered Andean peaks and salt lakes, deserts, rugged mountain villages, elegant colonial cities, vibrant metropolises, red canyons and green valleys – Argentinian has them all. And, of course, excellent wine. Argentina is named after the Latin word for silver, “Argentum,” because of the treasures expected to be found there. Among others, homesick colonialists and Catholic priests had a hand in cultivating these liquid treasures, and today there are approximately 220,000 hectares of vineyards.
Mendoza: Malbec and more
Whenever someone talks about Argentinian wine, they generally mean wines from Mendoza. Roughly 60 percent of all Argentine wines are produced around the metropolis of the same name. In particular, Malbec, a red wine variety originating from southwestern France, has found a new home here, providing focused, well-structured wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay also thrive. The best wines result from high elevations, in the foothills of the Andes
Susana Balbo Wines
The mighty Aconcagua watches over the plain of Mendoza, 1000 kilometres from Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires. A barren, semi-arid land where Jesuits and Franciscans, after the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, discovered favourable natural conditions for viticulture.
At 1000 to 3000 meters above sea level lies this oldest and most important wine region of the country. The village of Agrelo, near Luján de Cuyo, is home to the bodega founded by Susana Balbo in 1999. She is a woman with an impressive career. In 1981, she became the first woman in Argentina to successfully complete her degree in œnology. In 2015, Drinks Business magazine named her “Woman of the Year”. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the ten most influential women in the international wine trade. She also presided over the national marketing organisation Wines of Argentina for several years.
Argentinian Altitude Euphoria
No way, new world: the white Torrontes grape was mentioned in writing in Argentina as early as 1867. With its flowery bouquet, its aromas of fresh grapes and citrus fruits and its subtly bitter finale, it has blossomed into the flagship white variety of the Andean country. It wants to be high up, thriving best in the north of the country in the province of Salta, 1,500-2,400 metres above sea level. By comparison, the highest vineyard in Switzerland is a heathland parcel in Visperterminen, Valais, climbing up to 1,150 metres in elevation. A tip for pairing with Torrontés: these highly aromatic wines agree excellently with spicy dishes like Thai curry, especially when seafood is in the mix.