Decanter World Wine International Trophy for the Best Sparkling Wine 2014
Blend: 80% Pinot Noir / 20% 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:A subtle and attractive salmony color, this wine surprises with its aromas of red fruits and crisp persistent flavors. Its light elegant tannins combined with a good sugar-acidity balance offer a fresh palate.It stands as an invitation to be enjoyed on its own or as an aperitif. It also pairs very well with fish, red meats and desserts.AWARDS:James Suckling 91 PointsDescorchados 90 PointsAWA