Decanter World Wine International Trophy for the Best Sparkling Wine 2014
Blend: 60% Pinot Noir / 40% Chardonnay
Cruzat was established in 2004 by Argentinian agricultural engineer and winemaker Pedro Federico Rosell in conjunction with a group of Chilean businessmen, with the express objective of producing top-flight South American sparkling wines. Cruzat selects its fruit from two locations, with the value Clasico range being sourced in Luján de Cuyo and its Reserve range, such as this, from Tupungato in the Uco Valley, from vineyards planted at a dizzying 1,000m to 1,300m altitude.
Uco Valley is a fertile region based on alluvial soils, with little rainfall and almost daily frosts between June and August. The average annual temperature here is 14°C, though the overnight chill from the significant diurnal temperature variation lends the freshness and structure that are so essential for refined sparkling wines.TASTING:
Sparkling wine redolent of citrus, tropical fruits, jasmine, elder and linden flowers, fully blended with the aromas of fermentation and yeast lysis. Good acidity with virtually no sugar added, to enhance its crispness.
Best paired with appetizers of raw seafood such as oysters, scallops and ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juice) as well as soft pâté.AWARDS:Tim Askin 94 PointsJames Suckling 93 PointsDescorchados 94 PointsWeisses Schaumwein- Weisswein schaumweinAWA