Decanter World Wine International Trophy for the Best Sparkling Wine 2014
Blend: 90% Pinot Noir / 10% 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:
Attractive and subtle salmon pink color with aromas of red and tropical fruits as well as toasted bread. A bold and distinguished wine with light and elegant tannins. The balanced acidity conferred by the small percentage of Chardonnay translates into a crispy sensation in the mouth. It pairs well with pasta with thick well seasoned sauces, red meats or game such as hare and wild boar, and sweet desserts.AWARDS:Tim Askin 93 PointsJames Suckling 92 PointsDescorchados 91 PointsAWA