Producer : Altar Uco
Region : Uco Valley, Argentina
The Altar Uco project led by winemaker Juan Pablo Michelini aims to bottle the unique terroir of the Uco Valley.
The 2021 Edad Moderna Blanco has changed to a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc (from Gualtallary) and 30% Chenin Blanc (from an old vineyard in Vila Seca) with only 11.5% alcohol and notable freshness and acidity. This is still very young and a little reductive, very pale and tight. The full clusters were pressed and the juice fermented in concrete egg with indigenous yeasts and matured in those eggs for eight months. The profile is serious and austere, noticeable especially on the palate where the flavors are pungent, tasty and vibrant, with a long, salty finish. 6,500 bottles produced.
The unoaked and peppery 2021 Edad Moderna Cabernet Sauvignon shows restraint and freshness and opens up nicely in the glass to reveal varietal typicity, moderate alcohol at 13.5%, purity of aromas and flavors and the textbook grainy tannins from the variety. It has black fruit and notes of freshly cracked peppercorns and is a lot more austere and with contained ripeness.
Edad Moderna Malbec 2021. Pretty, floral nose with hints of black fruit, dried herb and pepper; palate is laced with a bright acidity and supple tannins