The grapes for this varietal are grown on La Pampa estates. Uco Valley renders this varietal with notably high quality, resulting from the right choice of terroir.
Wine maker notes
100% of the grapes are hand-harvested and selected before undergoing a gentle de-stemming. From the selection table, the berries go directly to a 450 kg hopper, where they are received with dry ice to avoid oxidation, and then are transferred to stainless steel tanks, without the use of pumps. Cold maceration takes place for 3-5 days, at a temperature of 46°F to 50°F, with the berries nearly whole, in order to extract aroma and color. Alcoholic fermentation follows for 8 days at a temperature of 75°F-81°F. The wine is then transferred to first and second-use French oak barrels, where it ages for 10 to 12 months before bottling. It refines in bottle for six months prior to release.
An ideal match for cheeses, poultry dishes, salmon, roasted vegetables and chocolate desserts
The Salentein estate is as rich in history as in vineyard character. Land now planted to grapes once bore witness to great deeds and heroism. This goodwill was the work of the indigenous people, Jesuit missionaries who came to the region, and important historical figures, such as General San Martin.
Finca San Pablo, one of the Salentein vineyards, has historical roots that reach back to the 17th century. In the past, the property was part of an estancia called De Arriba, which belonged to the Society of Jesus. In the heart of the finca, some 1,500 meters above sea level, lei the ruins of Casa Grande, an old farmhouse.
Surrounded by a mature grove, the old house was built by the Jesuits, who had already begun developing viticulture practices at that time. Today, more than two centuries later, Bodegas Salentein grows Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in Finca San Pablo. Respectful of the lands vibrantly textured past; Salentein is equally inspired by the lands remarkably promising future. It is this delicate balance of old and new of blending the tradition of long-celebrated European winemaking methods with the bold ingenuity of the New World- that defines the Salentein style.