Bodega Colomé was established in 1831 and is the oldest working winery in Argentina with one of the world’s highest vineyards. The winery is in the far north of Argentina in the Upper Calchaquí Valley and is thought to have been founded by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854 his daughter, Ascensión, brought the first pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Bodega Colomé. Three vineyards (with an area of four hectares each) were planted in the same year, the fruit from which is still used to make wines. Today, the winery has 140 hectares of biodynamically run vineyard planted at altitudes of between 1,750 and 3,111 metres above sea level.
The high altitude of the Calchaquí Valley and high diurnal range ensures a long growing season. The diurnal range, as much as 25° C, helps retain natural acidity in the grapes. The climate is dry with very little rainfall, on average around 120 millimetres per year. Soils are sandy with layers of gravel which helps drainage. The vineyards are farmed according to biodynamic principles. The Torrontés vines are grown between 1,700 and 2,300 metres above sea level.
The Calchaquí Valley experienced excellent conditions in 2019. The growing season saw neither frost nor threat from disease. It was particularly dry, but cloudy days ensured the grapes did not burn and were able to retain their freshness. Overall 2019 was a very good crop in terms of quantity and quality.
The grapes went through a double selection process, first in the vineyard and then again on the sorting table at the winery. Fermentation was slow, using selected yeasts at low temperatures to retain the varietal fruit character. The wine was aged in stainless -steel tanks for three months before bottling in July. It then spent a further two months ageing in bottle before release.
Intense gold in colour with green tones, this wine has a bright floral nose with aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits and a hint of spice. On the palate, it is fresh and well structured with a crisp finish.
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