Impressive wine with dinner
When one thinks of Argentinian wine, we generally turn our attention to Malbec; dense dark wines with full-bodied richness and fine soft tannins, which they have made so famous.
The other night I had the pleasure of tasting (drinking) an exceptional wine from Argentina, which in this case was not a red. The 2010 Catena Zapata White Stones Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay was fine, elegant and beautifully structured with fresh dried pear and citrus fruit flavours, and looked like it would live for many years.
The wine comes from the Tupungato sub-region of the Uco Valley in Mendoza. The region lies at the foot of the Mt Tupungato volcano where the high altitude affords crisp clear air and water with low humidity – perfect for making high-quality wines.
Very much a terroir-driven wine, the White Stones takes its name from a selection of vine rows that is covered with an oval shaped white gravel, which was the site of an ancient stream bed.
This producer also makes another high end Chardonnay from the same vineyard known as White Bones, which I'm pretty keen to try in the near future.