Patriarch Miguel Escorihuela Gascon arrived from Spain at the age of 19 in 1880. By 1884 he had bought 17 hectares of land and was well on his way to creating the longest continually running winery in Mendoza – now owned by the excellent Catena family. The Argentine palate loves this sort of Mendoza Chardonnay. Full of fruit but balanced with fresh acidity and a fair lick of oak. Pair it with a ripe brie.
Without question the jewel in the crown of Argentina. A large region. Lots of young and innovative producers have moved in and are slowly mapping out sub-regions and single vineyards of note. Look out for great Malbec but lots of experimentation means you can find all sorts of wonderful wines.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.