Patagonia is the most southerly wine producing region of Latin America, lying to the south of Mendoza and las Pampas. With considerable new investment, Argentinian Patagonia is fast emerging as the country`s most exciting cool climate vineyard, making elegant wines with balance and complexity in contrast to the more masculine reds of Mendoza. The region includes two important wine producing provinces, Neuquen to the west, at over 300m altitude beneath the Andes mountains, and the Rio Negro, which follows the long valley of the same name towards the Atlantic Ocean. These are semi arid, alluvial desert vineyards which benefit from constant sun and breezes that help mitigate disease. The vines are able to produce cool-climate varieties including Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc with good aroma and concentration as well as perfect levels of acidity.
These lands are magical - they hide astonishing mysteries! When construction began to build the winery, a dinosaur was unearthed and in tribute to this 75 million-year-old giant, the name Saurus was given in tribute. Alpataco is a tyre puncturing shrub commonly found in the Monte Desert, which lies southeast of the Atacama Desert in Chile, north of the larger Patagonian Desert, and east of the Andes. Located at 39 degrees S in San Patricio del Chanar near Neuquen the Schroeder vineyards are planted on gravelly soils and combined with warm days and cool nights provide near perfect conditions for grape cultivation. This is a distinguished range of wines with intense aromas and elegant tannins, well structured and with the best characteristics of each vintage.
100% Pinot Noir.
- Grapes were concentrated and raisined in the sun to create sufficient ripeness for a naturally sweet wine (there is no fortification; this is not a VDN or similar).
- Picked by hand in 18kg boxes. Double hand selection of bunches on a vibratory table.
- Cold maceration of 36 hours with addition of dry ice and carbonic snow.
- Alcoholic fermentation of 20 days at 23ºC in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts. Second maceration of 7 days at low temperature with submerged cap.
- Malolactic fermentation induced with lactic bacteria in new French oak casks.
- 100% aged 18 months in new French oak casks.
- 62g/litre residual sugar (RS).
- 12,000 bottles produced in this vintage.
Tasting note: Red-purple hues in the glass. The wine has a floral aroma of violets combined with red fruits such as plums and cherries on the nose. The palate is sweet and soft with with opulent dark chocolate notes and a velvety mouth feel. Well structured with very fine and sweet tannins and a balanced acidity.
ABV = 15.0%.