P15 Chardonnay, Bodegas NQN, Patagonia, Argentina, 2018

Pale yellow colour with golden highlights. Aromas of green apples, pineapples and other tropical fruit. Fresh and clean with a long finish.

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

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P15 Chardonnay, Bodegas NQN, Patagonia, Argentina, 2018

Tasting Note

Pale yellow colour with golden highlights. Aromas of green apples, pineapples and other tropical fruit. Fresh and clean with a long finish.

Producer Information

This bodega was started early in the millennium in this, Argentina’s most southerly wine producing region. There has been a huge increase in the decade of vineyard area planted in Patagonia and there are a huge range of microclimates available. Malma has 127 hectares planted to Bordeaux varietals and chardonnay and they sell their entry point wines under the NQN label.

Regional Information

Patagonia is South America’s southernmost wine-producing region. The geographical region covers a vast area – around twice the size of California – across southern Argentina and Chile. Patagonia has a viticultural zone that stretches 300 kilometres (200 miles) along the Neuquen and Rio Negro rivers, from Anelo in the west to Choele Choel in the east. The zone is closer to the Andes Mountains than to the Atlantic Ocean, but is at a much lower altitude than its northern cousin of Mendoza, averaging about 300m (1,000ft) above sea level.

Patagonia is a desert, and viticulture is possible only near the rivers, where meltwater from the Andes is abundant for irrigation. The classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing season in the region, slowing ripening in the grapes and letting them develop rich varietal character while retaining acidity.

Patagonia has gained recognition within the wine world due to the two viticultural regions located in its northern section: the more-established Rio Negro and the newer, still developing Neuquen. Wines from these two zones are traditionally more European in style than those from the central and northern regions of Argentina, as a result of the areas’ cooler climate and higher latitude. While Malbec still plays a central role in Patagonian wine, it is Pinot Noir that has become the region’s iconic grape variety. Excellent white wines made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling also showcase the freshness of the region’s climate.

Winemaking

Harvested by hand, grape cluster selection and de-stemming followed by maceration in a pneumatic press for 6 hours at 10 C, then racking at 10 C for 48 hours. Fermentation at 14/16 C for 12 days with selected yeasts. Storage in stainless steel tanks for 5 months with a minimum of 2 months in bottle prior to release.

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