Viña Cobos, Bramare Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Marchiori Estate, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina, 2017
Paul began to work with the Catenas, firstly experimenting with wild ferments for Chardonnay and then with the variety that would become Argentina's calling card - Malbec. His first 10 barrel vintage of Malbec persuaded not only the Catenas, but also the American press of the potential with this grape. Paul established his own winery, Vina Cobos, in 1998 and, over 20 years later, Paul continues to push viticultural and winemaking boundaries to the max. Concentrating on the Valle de Uco, widely regarded as the highest quality region, Paul is the driving force for some of the most impressive wines in the country.
The Marchiori Estate in Perdriel is adjacent to the winery and is planted with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Chardonnay. The soil types vary from loam clay to loam sand and are slightly alkaline. The sub soils are full of pebbles and round stones. A mixture of irrigation systems are used, both surface and drip irrigation and the vines are spur pruned.
The hand harvested grapes are barrel fermented with natural yeasts and malolactic fermentation also takes place in barrel, 5 months to completion. The wine is aged for 12 months, 50% in new French Oak barrels and the rest in second use.
Time: 12 months; Type: French; % oaked: 100; % new oak: 50;
Bright yellow with green tones. The nose boasts aromas of white flowers, pineapple, with hints of hazlenuts and cinnamon. There is good weight to the palate: rich texture balanced by high acidity. Round and complex, with excellent structure and persistance.
Varieties of fish, chicken and pastas. Gouda and goat cheese.
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