2019 Matias Riccitelli Semillon Old Vines (750ml)

Semillon from Rio Negro, Argentina


Riccitelli used a 2,000-liter oak foudre for the fermentation of the 2019 Old Vines from Patagonia Semillon, and the wine has an unusual aromatic power for the grape. They have been harvesting the Semillon earlier and earlier each year, and in 2019, it was picked almost one month earlier than the first vintage (2015), but there isn't any loss of concentration. There are notes of passion fruit, hints of raspberry leaf, fresh and very attractive. To avoid losing acidity, he doesn't do malolactic in any of the wines, and this has a very healthy pH (3.1) and moderate alcohol (12.5%), which means incredible freshness. The foudre is very integrated, unnoticeable, and the wine is pure, sharp, defined and textured but different from the previous years. This wine was a revelation right from the first harvest, and the earlier picking and the interaction with the oak has given it an unexpected twist that provides an even stronger personality. It was a healthy vintage with moderate yields from the old vines. 3,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2019 after some six months in the foudre.

95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 245 - Oct 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

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