Riccitelli Old Vine Semillon 2018
- Matías Riccitelli started his boutique winery in 2009, located in Las Compuertas at 1100 meters above sea level. It is the highest area of Lujan de Cuyo, and here he tends 20 hectares of ungrafted old vineyards. Matías also works with small, independent growers that own their lands at the bottom of the Andes halfway between 1000 and 1700 meters above sea level – in Gualtallary, Chacayes, Altamira and La Carrera.
- All harvests are conducted by hand and fermentation takes place in small concrete vats and concrete eggs. Purity and delicacy in winemaking are prized by Matías and great care is taken in preserving the fruit’s singularity in order to obtain vibrant wines.
- In 2015 a new project was begun: old vineyards of Semillon, Merlot and Malbec were discovered and reclaimed in Argentinian Patagonia. The vineyards are located in the Rio Negro high valley and were planted in the late 1960’s. The resulting wines are fresh, intensely aromatic and highly balanced.
ABOUT THE WINE
- Hand harvested in small 20 kg cases, in order to keep the integrity of each cluster.
- A meticulous selection is handly made prior to vinification
- From old vines with an average of 50 years old located in Allen, Rio Negro, with sandy clay loam soils.
- Recommend ageing 10 years
Vintage: 2018 | Wine Type: Semillon
Varietal: 100% Semillon
Origin: Argentina | Appellation: Patagonia
Elaboration: Skin maceration of 48 hours. 60% age in used French Oak barrels during 6 months and 40% age in concrete eggs at low temperature between 14 and 16 degrees Celcius.
Winemaker: Matias Riccitelli
Greenish yellow with golden tones. A complex wine, elegant, with aromas of citrus, white flowers and vanilla. Perfectly balanced, with an elegant finish.
Production: 330 cases | Alcohol: 13% | TA: g/l | RS: 1.8 g/l | pH: 3.15/7.2
PRESS & POINTS
2018 – 95 Points, Tim Atkin
2017 – 94 Points, Wine Advocate
2016 – 93 Points, Wine Advocate
2016 – 94 Points, James Suckling
2015 – 95 Points, Tim Atkin
“The most impressive progression in the last few years could be that of Matías Riccitelli. It’s always interesting and fun tasting with Riccitelli, who this year showed me some new bottlings and the consolidation of some labels that were new the previous time. His business has grown to 400,000 bottles per vintage, and the quality keeps going up. When you can grow quality and quantity at the same time, it means you must be doing something right. Riccitelli is one of the names to really follow in Argentina, one of the greatest progressions in the last few years and one of the more exciting portfolios I tasted in Argentina in this round”. – Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate #237
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