Garzon Albarino - Uruguay
This is one of my favourite wines to talk about and I can go on about it for hours. Uruguay is one of those places that's not really on the tourist radar and so not many people know about it. It's literally just across the river from Buenos Aires and a convenient place to visit if you happen to be living in Argentina and need to get your visa renewed. Luckily we did because it's definitely one of my favourite places in the world. It's kind of like a mini Argentina, great people, food and of course wine but with beaches!
This particular vineyard is located near Punte Del Este, only 11 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and you can definitely taste the maritime influence in this wine. Quite similar to Rias Biaxas, Spain where the most famous Albarino comes from. One of the coolest things about the vineyard is the extraordinary level of detail they have gone to. After measuring every variable there is (sunlight, soil, drainage, slope etc etc) they planted more than 1,000 small vineyard blocks which cover the hillside slopes and benefit from varying micro-climates, different levels of humidity, and intense canopy management. This allows the vines to develop with maximum exposure to the sun providing rich, expressive fruit. The vineyards are surrounded by forest, rocky soils, boulders and natural palms.
That's just in vineyard! once you get to the winery itself it's like wine makers heaven. Fully gravity fed, huge wooden and concrete tanks and some very pretty concrete eggs with all the the winemaking toys you could ever want. Plus its one of the most sustainable wineries in the world. Let's just say it's not something you would expect in Uruguay and I really just want to tell everyone about it.
The wine itself is fresh, crisp and fruity mouthfeel with mineral notes, and is rounded off with balanced acidity. Great structure and a delicious mouth-watering finish. I really just love everything they do.
This is a picture of the concrete eggs and large format oak barrels i was talking about before