VistalbaWebsite : www.carlospulentawines.com
One of the oldest vineyards in Mendoza, Vistalba is situated in the Valle de Vistalba. The soil is sandy and stony but in this area the old style flood irrigation designed to produce high yields left a heavy deposit from the river, which may explain the wine’s extra dimension of minerality and complexity.
A gravity-fed winery and reception rooms have been beautifully designed and were completed in 2005, and a restaurant ‘La Bourgogne’ is on site, owned by a famous French chef Jean Paul Bondoux, who also owns the franchise in one of Buenos Aires’ most famous hotels, the Alvear Palace, and a top restaurant in Punte del Este in Uruguay.
60-year-old vineyards, which benefit from summer temperature oscillation of 35-15°, provide the fruit, and green pruning is done by parcel to reduce yields more in those parcels destined for A, then B and C. Wines from these parcels are then vinified separately and put into barrel before selection, after which they are returned to barrel. This is a jewel in the crown of Argentinean winemaking and the wines are rapidly achieving cult status in Argentina and internationally.
Other wines by this producer
Deep ruby with a purple tinge. Lots of vibrant berry fruit and an herby, savoury character. Medium weight with good balance and complexity.
Intense red colour with ruby and black refections. Aromas of ripped red fruits, dry fruits, smoke, cassis and cloves.
A nose that walks the line between floral and rich earthy aromas, incorporating scents of prunes and later dark black cherry as the wine opens up. In the mouth the wine is huge, brooding and deep with flavours of cassis and black cherry.