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Grape Varieties100% Sauvignon Blanc
AppellationValle de Uco
- 86 Points
BackgroundSituated on a high plateau in the Uco Valley of Argentina's Mendoza region, the Portillo (meaning "path" or "gateway") winery and vineyards are dedicated to making superb quality wines for everyday enjoyment. Harmony with nature is readily apparent in every aspect of this property, which is designed to deliver wines that capture and respect the pristine beauty of their birthplace. El Portillo's state-of-the-art winery is largely built of local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley. This enables the facility to better blend in with the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, each 16 feet deep, with much of the facility concealed below ground, Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit. The facility's ingenious design, which takes careful advantage of the gentle slopes on which it is built, is thought to be unique in South America.
VinificationThe grapes are harvested after midnight, when temperatures go down to 50°F-53°F. After destemming, the berries are transferred to the wine press, where a short cold maceration takes place with dry ice (4 to 6 hours at 46-50°F).
NoseDelightful aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits and passion fruit
PalateA refreshing, crisp, and persistent palate of lychee, mango and pineapple
AnalysisAlcohol: 12 %pH: 3.27RS: 1.8 g/lTA: 6 g/l
Serving SuggestionsServe as an aperitif or with seafood, salads, pizza, sushi and white meats.