Las Estelas Pinot Noir
Tim Atkin 93 Points
Hand harvested fruit from 30 year old vines fermented in a combination of concrete eggs and old oak barrels.
Pale ruby in colour with a perfumed nose. Good red fruit upfront with medium body, nicely balanced with just the right amount of oak coming through on the very long finish.
Delicious wine, drinking now but will continue to improve if you want to lay it down.
Made in partnership with Diego Rosso, whose Pinot vines in Tunuyán are amongst the oldest in the Uco, this is clone 777 planted in the 1990s and made with the utmost respect for this most fickle of grapes. Everything is done by hand, with fermentation in a combination of concrete eggs and old barrels, fully de-stemmed with partial whole bunch. 100% of the wine is aged for 10 months in second use French oak. On the nose, bounteous wild red fruits and the unmistakable whiff of forest floor; in the mouth silky tannins and fresh juicy fruit with a long finish. This is definitely New World Pinot Noir approaching its South American best and sees Argentina taking a seat at the top table. It bodes for amazing things to follow in future.
93 points Tim Atkin MW
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