Producer: Mendel Style: White Wine Grape Type:Semillon Origin: Argentina Region:Argentina
89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
Very pale yellow. Complex, subtle aromas of citrus zest, ginger, pungent dried herbs and musky oak. Broad more than filled in on the palate, with very dry ginger and quinine flavors dominating. Seems a bit less intense than the best vintages of this bottling. Finishes with lingering notes of orange peel and spices.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
Semillon is a paradoxical grape, as much of its appeal stems from its susceptibility to rot. Sure, the idea of rot may conjure up nasty images, but in winemaking, rot isn't necessarily a negative. Grapes can be affected by two types of rot: grey rot and noble rot, also known as Botrytis. While the former is a destructive force, diminishing yields and making wines taste... Read More »
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