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Bodega Garzon Balasto 2017 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Tannat | Cabernet Franc | Merlot | Marselan
Bottle Size: 75cl
Product Code: URMA0010B17S
Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2020 South American supplement article on Uruguay.
Bodega Garzon Balasto 2017 - April 2020 Decanter review
When Alejandro Bulgheroni and his wife Bettina discovered Garzón, they had a family dream came true: to have the most emblematic winery of modern viticulture in Uruguay and premium wines with an intense personality and a deep sense of belonging to the land. With the advice of international enologist Alberto Antonini, they apply their philosophy which is focused on producing wines that are a true expression of their origins.
Located 11 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the estate has more than 1,000 small vineyard blocks covering hillside slopes, which benefit from varying microclimates, different levels of humidity and an intense canopy management. Well-draining granitic soils and cooling Atlantic breezes allow the grapes to ripen steadily. The vineyards are surrounded by lush forests, palm trees, rocky soils and granite boulders. Grapes for Balasto are grown on soils made up of decomposed granite rock, which provides excellent drainage and minerality. This is the key to giving this iconic Uruguayan wine its complexity, energy and vibrancy.
Balasto is one of the most sought-after wines from South America and is made only in the best years. Winter was rainy, meaning underground water reserves were replenished throughout the season, ahead of spring and summer. Spring then saw a cold start, which delayed bud burst and flowering by 10 days. The summer months were dry, but thanks to the water reserves and some occasional rains towards late December, veraison began normally. The dry conditions also reduced disease pressure in the vineyard. The dry weather continued into March until the second half of harvest, and therefore drip irrigation was necessary to obtain sufficient colour and maturity. 2016 yielded perfectly mature grapes without excessive levels of sugar. The resulting wines have excellent acidity and demonstrate freshness and elegance.
The hand-harvested grapes were macerated for five days before fermentation in 80 hectolitre cement tanks, at 26-28ºC for one week with twice daily pump overs. The wine was then transferred to a mix of 25 and 50 hectolitre untoasted French oak barrels (fourth use) for 20 months ageing before being bottled unfiltered.
Tannat 50%, Cabernet Franc 40%, Merlot 5% and Marselan 5%.
See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Garzon and click here for a video on this icon wine.
Bodega Garzon Balasto 2017 - fiche technique
The aroma presents notes of fresh red and black fruit, with complex and elegant spices.
In the palate, the tannins are juicy and vibrant, with the energy and vitality associated with an excellent texture and a long finish.
ABV = 14.0%.