2018 Pinot Noir `Alpataco`, Familia Schroeder, Patagonia, Argentina
Deeply perfumed aromas with notes of black cherry, redcurrant, summer fruit and plenty of power, spice and a silky balance. Sweet tannins and balanced acidity with fine notes of vanilla and cocoa powder.
14% ABV. Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians. Wonderful with cold meat or game, duck with mango or pan fried tuna or salmon.
With considerable new investment, Argentinian Patagonia is fast emerging as the country`s most exciting cool climate vineyard, making elegant wines with balance and complexity in contrast to the more masculine reds of Mendoza. The region includes two important wine producing provinces, Neuquen to the west, at over 300m altitude beneath the Andes mountains, and the Rio Negro, which follows the long valley of the same name towards the Atlantic Ocean. These are semi arid, alluvial desert vineyards which benefit from constant sun and breezes that help mitigate disease. The vines are able to produce cool climate varieties including Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc with good aroma and concentration as well as perfect levels of acidity.
Familia Schroeder are one of the pioneers of re-establishing vineyards in Patagonia and have a magnificent estate and winery in San Patricio del Chanar.