Weak Day Wines: Thursday

We’ve visited Pinot Noir from Mar del Plata, Chenin Blanc from Uco Valley and a Malbec ros√© from Luj√°n de Cuyo. Today, is all white. Blanc de Alba 2014, Gualtallary, Uco Valley,¬†Juan Pablo Michelini and¬†Agustina de Alba. 275 pesos. Cork.

De Alba's white. Also Juampi's.
De Alba’s white. Also Juampi’s.

The alcohol? 11.6%.

The grapes? Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling.

Winemaker:  Juan Pablo Michelini.

Anything else notable?¬†Yes. Juampi, as he’s fondly known as, teamed up with sommelier Agustina de Alba for this exciting 11.6% white blend that scored 92 Parker Points earlier this year. Wine friends for life, a series of coincidences led Juampi and Agus to create something together. Accumulating plenty of air miles, Agus travelled back and forth, tasting and sampling¬†with Juampi to find the right balance between the¬†Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Riesling grapes.

The upshot? Plenty of buzz: a Michelin’s involvement; a top sommelier’s involvement; produced in sexy Uco Valley; a white blend that shows off a different slant to Argentina…

Fun fact: Just 2,400 bottles of the first vintage from 2014 were produced.

Taste me because:¬†From the offing, I’m¬†flinty and stoney, with lemon juice and lemon pith in the nose. Stone fruit such as peach and pear also rears their¬†heads, as does a hint of orange blossom and smoke. A little oxidation makes it a bit raw and savage,¬†and rather exciting. High acidity, surprisingly dry, off-citrus flavours and pith plus a little tannin mean this will stand up to a lot of food. Serve at 9-12¬ļC.

Pairing:¬†I’ve got urge for some charcuterie with this…

Ph: Courtesy of Agustina de Alba

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