Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Matias Riccitelli is the son of the renowned winemaker Jorge Riccitelli who turned Bodegas Norton into one of the stalwarts of Argentina’s wine world, but Matia’s wines are far removed form his Dad’s. He believes that Argentina has more to offer than just Malbec and Torrontes and boy is he right.
The Blanco de la Casa, is his idea of a house white, though with just 3000 bottles produced, the name doesn’t quite do it justice
With grapes taken from three very different sites with very different soil types, in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. The 40% Sauvignon Blanc is from Gualtallary, very high at 1400m metres, ensuring good acidity; the 40% Semillon is from very low yielding 50 year old vines planted in sandy soil at 1000 metres at La Consulta whilst the remaining 20% Chardonnay hails from low yielding soil and gravel soils at La Carrera at 1700 metres.
All the grapes are left to ferment for eight months in a concrete egg before then spending three months in bottle prior to release. The result is an amazingly balanced, slightly saline wine.