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Mattias Riccitelli - Old Vines from Patagonia Semillon 2019

Information

  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Patagonia
  • Wine Area: Rio Negro Valley
  • Wine Maker: Mattias Riccitelli
  • Grape: Semillon
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Semillon
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2024
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 95+ (2019)

Wine tasting notes

This wine has all the seriousness, subtleness, elegance and nuances that old Semillon is capable of. A greenish yellow with golden tones. Complex and elegant aromas of citrus, white flowers and vanilla lead to a perfectly balanced palate, with an elegant finish.

Winery Information

Mattias Riccitelli

A brand that is already widely respected in Argentina for crafting excellent, terroir-driven Mendozan Malbec, Matias Riccitelli showcases his award-winning wines with cheeky, nontraditional labels. Riccitelli represents the new generation of winemakers in Argentina who are interested in breaking with tradition, exploring new terroir and infusing personality into the winemaking process. Riccitelli’s vineyards cover 20 hectares across three different sites within the premium growing region.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2019)95+ pts

October 2019 - Luis Gutierrez - Riccitelli used a 2,000-liter oak foudre for the fermentation of the 2019 Old Vines from Patagonia Semillon, and the wine has an unusual aromatic power for the grape. They have been harvesting the Semillon earlier and earlier each year, and in 2019, it was picked almost one month earlier than the first vintage (2015), but there isn't any loss of concentration. There are notes of passion fruit, hints of raspberry leaf, fresh and very attractive. To avoid losing acidity, he doesn't do malolactic in any of the wines, and this has a very healthy pH (3.1) and moderate alcohol (12.5%), which means incredible freshness. The foudre is very integrated, unnoticeable, and the wine is pure, sharp, defined and textured but different from the previous years. This wine was a revelation right from the first harvest, and the earlier picking and the interaction with the oak has given it an unexpected twist that provides an even stronger personality. It was a healthy vintage with moderate yields from the old vines. 3,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2019 after some six months in the foudre.

Vinification Notes

Our Semillon comes from vines that were planted by the end of the sixties. They are ungrafted and they are planted in the loamy soils of Allen and Ing. Huergo, two traditional sites in the province of Rio Negro. These vines, have a very low yield, a long maceration with the skins and gently pressed before fermentation. Fermentation is achieved with wild yeasts in oak barrels and small concrete vats at a temperature between 16º and 18º C. during several weeks. Aging continues for eight months.