Etchart Cafayate Chardonnay 2020
Yellow with green hues. A fresh and fruity white, with very loose and expressive notes of pineapple, peach and melon. In the mouth it is aromatic, with pleasant citrus and floral notes, medium body, creamy texture and balanced acidity.
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The 2020 Chardonnay Cafayate, from Tolombón with 12.5% alcohol, was aged in oak. The gentle, attractive nose delivers hints of hazelnut, pineapple and pear. Terse, voluminous and gentle, it is accompanied by a lovely freshness and mild tension. A wine that offers a lot for the price. Drinking window: 2021 - 2023.
Home to some of Argentina’s best Torrontes, the Cafayate Valley’s rugged, high-altitude vineyards are part of the Calchaquies Valley in northwestern Argentina. Here, this Argentine white variety is able to achieve optimal ripeness while maintaining a higher than average acidity; its wines are typically full-bodied, dry to off-dry and alluringly aromatic.
In the Cafayate Valley, summers are warm and while most rainfall happens in these months, it isn’t enough to supply to the vineyards with enough water for the entire year. Snowmelt provides a fresh water source for irrigation in these arid and extreme conditionss.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.