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(2011) Sweet, ripe, very forward and fragrant fruit with a touch of peachy lift. Bright on the palate too, with a lean acid balance. Tight, though a little confected?
(2008) Fine, verdant, herb and spearminty aromatics over some floral notes and citrus fruit. Plenty of fruit, with a punchy, vibrant character, and tad of residual sugar adding softness.
(2008) Auka where the native Argentineans who invented the irrigation channels for the Andes water. Quite clean orchard fruits, with a touch of spangles. Fresh and juicy, though perhaps slightly cloying.
(2008) A little talcum powder and floral character, with powerful apple fruit. There is a very powerful, concentrated power on the palate, that is to me rather harsh and strident, and the acidity is slightly disjointed. There is a powerful white fruit intensity, but as an expression of Riesling it is rather too powerful for me.
(2008) Two harvests for SB, one early to minimise need to acidify. Nice bright nose, mostly with the lemon and light butteryness of the Sémillon, and a hint of tropical fruit. Nice juicy palate, with a rich orange and crisp lemon character. 12.5% no great zing, but pleasant.
(2006) The state of Argentinean Sauvignon Blanc has been improving of late, though it is still some way behind neighbour Chile, let alone Sauvignon hotspots like the Loire and New Zealand. This example has a rich and powerful nose, with lots of pineapple and tropical fruit character, and just a hint of herbaceousness. On the palate it is quite mouth filling and full textured, with a slightly alcoholic character but good fruit. It is a nice food wine, though I have to say a fairly middle of the road example of one of the most aromatic and vivacious grape varieties.
(2004) 100% Pinot Grigio and unoaked, this is my first experience of this wine from the same stable as the multi-award-winning Chardonnay. This wine does not go through malolactic fermentation, in order to retain plenty of verve and crispness. It has a sweet, very approachable pear and melon nose, with a little nutty, Cox's Pippin note. On the palate it is big, broad and fruity with a rich mouth-feel and a flood of peach and apricot fruit. The mid-palate is quite fleshy and full, but then that tang of grapefruit-fresh acidity kicks in, lifting and extending the long, pure finish. Lovely quaffing stuff.
(2004) Another very successful aromatic wine from the Argento stable, this is 100%viognier from the El Mirador district, which has a good varietal nose with plenty of pear and peach and a hint of honey. On the palate there is a lovely raft of sweet nectarine fruit, but crisp apple acidity restrains the opulence and adds a dash of cutting edge. It has a silky texture and plenty of fruit sweetness, making it dangerously easy to drink - thank goodness it has a modest 12.9% alcohol.
(2003) Sweet, almost confected aromatics. Cool-fermentation new world style winemaking. Distinctly sweet pear and apricot fruit, highish alcohol again.
(2001) Gently oaky with light toast, melon and citrus. Theres a definite hint of tropical ripeness too. Quite light on the palate, this has medium body and rather modest fruit. Good acidity and plenty of spicy oak showing up in the finish. A nice restrained Chardonnay, though lacking a little in the mid palate.
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