Argento’s Mendoza Chardonnay

By | June 24, 2006

We had a wallchart amnesty, allowing us to re-predict based on first round World Cup performances, I have Argentina in the final, rather optimistically, I have them losing to England, but if I’m going to keep going to the final I have a feeling I’ll be drinking a lot more Argentinian wine.

Argento’s Chardonnay 2005 comes from Mendoza, in the foothills of the Andes, catching plenty of sun and being watered by the gentle meltwaters from the mountains above. It’s wonderfully romantic for a fiver, or just £3.60 at Tesco at the moment if you buy half a case!

There’s an annoying plastic cork, but I’m told screwcaps are on the way. It’s lemon yellow with just a touch of gold, it has wonderful tropical fruit aromas and a touch of spicy oak with some sweetness.

It’s dry with enough acid to balance the fruit, and there’s lots and lots of fruit, a veritable fruit salad of pineapple, melon, nectarines and just a hint of citrus. This is complemented by some spice and vanilla. 13% alcohol works well.

This is a good value weekday Chardonnay that works with or without food.

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