Today we travel to Argentina with a wine from Mendoza. Mendoza is the leading wine region in Argentina, in terms of quantity as well as reputation. Most grape varieties grown are red: Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah. But some good results are to be found with Chardonnay and Torrontes. Sauvignon blanc and Viognier have also been experiented however I still did not have the opportunity to taste some of these rarities.
The characteristic of Mendoza region is the altitude. It is a very warm vineyard but it is situated between 450m and 1,700m of altitude therefore making it possible to grow vines. The climate is extremely dry, desertic. However the Andes provides with an unlimited water supply used to balance the lack of rainfall. Best vineyards are naturally the highest ones because of the lower temperature and the more important variations between night and day.
Alamos Chardonnay 2009 is sourced from this region and more specifically, high-altitude vineyard. The result is a very interesting wine.
In the nose, it is quite expressive without any of the excess, which is common in South World white wines. The main aromas are stone fruits and a hint of mango-passion fruit. One can find a touch of oakiness but nothing too powerful. The balance in the mouth is good. Same aromas are displayed with a medium long finish. In the end, it is a very serviceable value Chardonnay. It is much better than any Chilean Chardonnay I tasted until now. Very recommandable!
Wineops’ rating: 75/100 ; 0 0
Very pleasant and easy-drinking Chardonnay. Textbook, a reference of what can be made from this grape with decent winemaking technics. Will be paired with all kind of not too spicy food, like Karjalanpiirakka ja munavoi.
Link to Alko page: HERE. I would add that the Alamos collection is in general very drinkable. Enjoy!