Famiglia Bianchi Chardonnay 2018
Attractive greenish color with golden reflections. Complex and concentrated aromas revealing citric notes and tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, apple and white peach – combined with vanilla notes from the aging in French oak barrels. Elegant mouthfeel, with good acidity and mineral notes. Refreshing and well-structured, with a long and pleasant finish.
Valentin Bianchi’s Chardonnay grapes come from Las Paredes Estate, which is situated in the San Rafael DOC of Mendoza at 730 to 790 meters above sea level. The soil is sandy calcareous of alluvial origins. The grapes were hand-picked and whole cluster pressed. The first half of fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks to 12 brix. Then, it is moved to barrels, with 25-percent undergoing malolactic fermentation. This is done to preserve the fruit character with controlled temperatures in the stainless steel tank and the move to barrels achieves the more integrated oak character that is found in barrels achieves the more integrated oak character that is found in barrel fermentation. The wine undergoes eight months of surlies aging in a combination of 33-percent new, 33-percent one- and 33- percent two-year old French oak, with an additional one month’s aging in the bottle.
This wine should be served slightly chilled, with white meats, sea food and pasta in cream sauce.
2008: Wine Advocate, Oct. 2010
2007: Wine Advocate, Dec. 2008
2005: NovusVinum.com, Mar. 2007
2004: Wine Spectator, Aug. 2005