Cruzat Cuvée Reserve Nature
WHY WE LOVE IT
- It is rare to come across “Nature” bottlings in South America – this is the only one in existence that we are aware of!!
- Grapes harvested in early February from estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines that sit at 4,600 feet in elevation in Tupungato.
Varietal Composition: 60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay
Elaboration: Fermentation takes place at temperatures between 57° and 61° F in stainless steel tanks. Aged 18 months on lees, and an additional 24 months in bottle prior to disgorgement.
Tasting Notes: “Very taut, crisp bouquet with citrus lemon, orange zest and light apple aromas that are nicely focused. The palate has a lovely creamy entry. It is well-balanced with hints of toffee, apple and peach, leading to a generous, refined finish. This is a commendable Argentinean sparkler.” – Wine Advocate Issue #203
Bodega Cruzat was founded in 2004 by Argentina’s “King of Bubbles,” Pedro Rosell, along with three well-known partners – Gaston Cruzat, Hernan Boher, and Carlos Barros. From day one the winery’s objective has been to produce South America’s best sparkling wines, using the traditional method of second in-bottle fermentation. With the combination of tradition, knowledge, and technology, Cruzat sparkling wines reflect the never-ending search for excellence with concern for for every detail in the winemaking process.
The winery is located in the old winemaking region of Perdriel, south of the Mendoza River, at the foot of the Cordon del Plata mountain range. All wines are made from high elevation estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, many of which sit at an unbelievable 4,600+ feet. Dosage is low across the board, resulting in verve/tension levels that we’ve simply never before seen in this part of the world.