Matias Riccitelli Old Vines From Patagonia Semillon 2021

Matias Riccitelli Old Vines From Patagonia Semillon 2021

 

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Matias Riccitelli
Old Vines From Patagonia Semillon 2021
  • Vintage : 2021
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Patagonia
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Crisp Dry White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 12,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Sémillon

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

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 95 2019
JS James Suckling 94 2018
More information on wine critics and ratings

Vineyard:
This Semillon was sourced from forgotten vines that are over 50 years old. These old vineyards are located in Río Negro in Patagonia, at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level on the 39° latitude south. Sunlight exposure is more intense than northern areas, but at this latitude the nights are much colder. This daily diurnal temperature range is excellent for the production of quality grapes; the nightly cooling-off extends the ripening period, allowing the grapes to develop rich varietal characteristics while retaining balancing acidity.

Winemaking:
The grapes were harvested at perfect maturity levels into small cases of 20kg in order to maintain the integrity of each cluster. A meticulous selection by hand was
performed prior to a skin maceration of 48 hours at 10°C. 60% of the must was fermented in used French oak barrels and 40% was fermented in concrete eggs, at
low temperature between 14° and 16°C. Maturation lasted for six months with 60% aged in French oak barrels and 40% in concrete eggs.

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

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2019)
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.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2018)
This has a fresh lemon thread with a salty-mineral kick, as well as a very plush, polished textural build. Super long, juicy and even with a sleek, fresh finish. The lemon flavors hold long and even. From vines planted at the end of the 1960s. Fermented in a mix of 60 per cent oak and 40 per cent concrete.

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Matias Riccitelli Old Vines From Patagonia Semillon 2021 Reviewed by Robert Parker 21-02-2022 . Score: 4