The label of this wine illustrates why we chose this Chardonnay from the Winery of the Desert, in the La Pampa
Province of Patagonia, Argentina, from the village of 25 de Mayo, named in recognition of the date that began Argentinaís
surge toward independence from Spain, thus Desierto 25. But the scorched earth of Patagoniaís high desert, and the
weather in the high valley of the Colorado River, central Argentina, 1100 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, is the key to
this finely-etched wine with distinct character. It begins with a beguiling aroma hinting of anise and lime; it is firm
and stony like Chablis, with a lively, refreshing acidity; itís harmonious, with a purity of fruit flavor, like Old World
Chardonnay, but itís also luscious, almost rich, hinting of its New World origin. Itís both an interesting sipping wine
and very appropriate for many different food pairings.
|Bodega del Desierto (Winery of the Desert) is located in the town of 25 de Mayo, province of La Pampa, on the western border of the desert route to Patagonia, Argentina.
The 140 hectares of vineyard are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. The vines are irrigated by a dripping system which is fed from a 35 milllion liter reservoir on the property. The climate is dry, continental with moderate to cool temperatures, a thermal amplitude of 26 degrees celsius and annual precipitations of 220 mm. The vineyard is located at 340 meters above sea level and at 37"45' south latitude, 67"05' west longitude.