Trousseau NL 2018 - Bodegas Miras - Patagonia, Argentina 75cl
Bodega Miras is based near the city of Neuquén in Rio Negro province, Patagonia - about 800km south of Mendoza. Rainfall here is minimal, with semi-desert conditions, but fruit trees (this is Argentina’s main apple and pear producing region) and vineyards thrive due to traditional irrigation from the huge Rio Negro.
Marcelo Miras has worked at many of the big names in Patagonia (Humberto Canale, Fin del Mundo), but this is his family project which he started by making wine for family consumption. He is a lovely, lovely man, an encyclopedia on all things Patagonia. His son Pablo is now involved in the project. They work organic vineyards, use natural ferments but also – for now – use more commercial temperature control, gentle fining and filtration, moderate levels of sulphur. There is quite a bit of Trousseau and old vine Semillon planted in the region, as well as Pinot Noir.
With no more than 150 mm rainfall per annum this is very dry, mild continental climate. Being this far south, however, summer temperatures are not excessive and allied with cool evening you have a very different climate to Mendoza, resulting in wines are fresher, more aromatic and delicate.
All the reds are destemmed into stainless tanks and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The Trousseau, the same grape as one finds in Jura and also Galicia, is a medium-to-full-bodied red with a moderate tannic structure and plenty of dark berry fruit.
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