Gouguenheim Malbec Bubbles Sparkling Rosé Extra Brut, Mendoza, Argentina NV


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A beautiful and unique expression of the Malbec grape, Gouguenheim have done something really special here and everyone is talking about it. The Gouguenheim winery was founded in 2002 by Patricio Gouguenheim after he decided the time was right to leave his job as a successful banker in the city of Mendoza, in the midst of an economic slump in Argentina, and start up a winery. He found an old winery in the Uco Valley around 70 km from Mendoza in the heart of the wine producing region. Born in Argentina to French parents, Patricio`s love for wine started at the age of 7, when his father began to let him taste some at mealtimes mixed with sparkling water. No doubt this was a catalyst for him entering the world of wine in later life.

The beautiful old property that Patricio acquired had spectacular views of the Andes mountains and a unique soil and irrigation system. It was the perfect location, it had nearly 100 acres of vineyards situated high up in the foothills of the Andes at just over 1,000 metres above sea level. The region, now known as the Tupungato Valley, has a desert climate with over 320 days of sunshine a year, but they use melt water from the Andes to irrigate the vines. The soils are alluvial and there is a big diurnal contrast of up to 16⁰C between night and daytime temperatures, perfect for making interesting red wines. Today Patricio has handed the reins on to his son Gonzalo.

This exciting sparkler is made from the best Malbec base wine, with 4 hours of skin contact to provide Rosé colour. It is produced using the Charmat method where the second fermentation occurs in the tank, just like in Prosecco so it is really bright and fresh.

It has a vibrant red fruit aroma, predominantly of cherries and strawberries. Very fresh in the mouth, soft tones with balanced acidity. Lovely persistence of small and brilliant bubbles on the finish. The ideal complement to canapés and fresh salads, but also fantastic on its own.

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