One of Argentina’s oldest varietals, this rare barrel-fermented white is harvested from 60+ year-old vines and has fresh, clean citrus aromas with a hint of oak.
Enjoy fresh, clean citric and herbal notes. Flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, coconut, and caramel are elegant and soft on the palate. A lovely dose of crisp acidity provides a texture similar to that of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc combined. A super dry and clean finish may make this the ultimate seafood wine.
Pairs excellently with most seafood dishes. Try with shrimp ceviche, steamed muscles, fresh oysters or grilled lobster.
The one white produced at Mendel, the 2017 Semillon is sourced from 70-year-old vines in Paraje Altamira at 1,100 meters in altitude. 2017 saw lower yields because of a late frost, and the vintage produced concentrated, aromatic grapes that give freshness to the wine, with citrus and floral aromas. The whole clusters were pressed, and 15% of the volume fermented in French oak barrels and then matured in those barrels for six months; the rest of the wine fermented in stainless steel and was kept there until it was blended and bottled in September 2017. The wine comes through as very balanced—on both the nose and palate—clean, integrated, faintly balsamic and with very good intensity while keeping the freshness. It opens up slowly in the glass, becoming more nuanced and complex. It should develop nicely in bottle.The Wine Advocate June 2018
Apricots, cantaloupe, mangoes and papaya make for a very tropical-fruited Semillon. Medium to full body, lots of tangy acidity and a textured finish.James Suckling April 2018
Mendel is active in a South American movement to rescue the forgotten semillon. This wine comes from vines planted in 1943 in the Altamira area, and that old-vine fruit offers a refreshing tension, its acidity submerged in notes of honey, nectarine and light touches of pepper. The body is round and unctuous, with a delicious apricot finish.Wine & Spirits August 2018
- Varietal Composition:
- 100% Semillon
- Avg Elevation:
- 3600 feet
- Avg Age of Vines:
- 74 years
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