Tucumen Reserve Chardonnay
Reserve Chardonnay is a new offering from Tucumen coming from a single vineyard, Redeo del Medio in Maipu, loam and alluvial soil, planted in 2005 and 700m above sea level.
The grapes have a controlled temperature fermentation at 15-17C. Ageing is for 7 months, 30% barrel fermentation in first use French and American oak.
Taking its name from the Budeguer family home in TUCUmán and their winery home in MENdoza, the Tucumen label was commissioned from leading designer Guillo Milia. The colours are inspired by the painted houses of the old town of Boca, and the typefaces from old street posters of the 1930s and 40s with the aim to reflect both the Mendoza and Tucumán regions. The collage conveys the cultures, styles, colours and textures of the two lands whilst highlighting the exciting, bright, fun and expressive nature of the wines.
Pale golden colour with an intense fruit bouquet and hints of honey. The oak aging gives notes of vanilla and coconut leading to a smooth, balanced finish.
About the Producer
The Budeguer family have their roots in sugar cane production in the Tucumán region of Argentina. Juan José Budeguer realised his dream to have his own winery when, in 2005, 100ha of land in Maipú was purchased and planted with vines. The first harvest was in 2008 and they began building their own winery in Agrelo, 35km south of Mendoza City, in 2011.
Water for irrigation is drawn from a specially constructed reservoir and the Andes, 60-100km away, form an impressive backdrop to the winery.
Winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea, previously worked worldwide in wineries from Ribera del Duero to Australia. He has been in charge since the first harvest and 2012 saw Budeguer awarded the accolade of Best New Mendoza Winery.