Vina Salort Reserva Albarino
Vina Salort Reserva Albarino
Canelones is the epicentre of the Uruguayan wine industry. Running from the north-west of the capital Montevideo, the area runs in an arc to the Atlantic coast east of the city. The flat, low-lying vineyards, so atypical of South America, are densely planted and responsible for around 60% of Uruguay’s total production. Famous for its Tannat, the area is also home to international varietals that appreciate the moderate coastal climate, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Over the last 60 years, and 3 generations, Familia Traversa has established a reputation for producing high quality wines that positively reflect their environment. Founded by Carlos Domingo Traversa and his wife Maria Josefa Salort in 1937, the vineyards have gone from strength to strength. Grapes originally from the South of France tend to flourish in South America and Uruguay has become renowned for showing Tannat at its best. Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean provides cool breezes and a maritime climate that help to keep alcohol levels lower and develop bright, fruit-driven wines with great character and complexity. They use state of the art technology and pride themselves in the sustainable nature of the winery too - in 2014 they introduced solar panels, reduced bottle weights by 25% and they have increased the use of composting to replace inorganic fertilisers.
The 80-hectare vineyard is located in Paso Cuello, Canelones. The area comprises clay, limestone and sedimentary and quaternary calcareous rock with high concentrations of calcium carbonate. This gives way to clay limestone soils with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH, allowing for a deep plant rooting. Spreading across high hills and slopes that favour proper water drainage and the aeration of both vegetation and grape bunches, this terroir produces mature grapes that are rich in colour, polyphenols, and structure. Vineyards are managed through sustainable and traditional agricultural techniques. Grapes are hand-harvested.
Grapes are pressed, and the resulting must is transported into stainless-steel tanks at a temperature between 8°C and 12°C. Fermentation proceeds through the addition of selected yeasts.
Classic Albariño aromas predominate with herbal notes intertwined with stone fruits and citrus; textural and rounded on the palate with a little grip on the finish and rich, flavoursome fruit cut through with refreshing acidity.
Pair with white fish tacos, ceviche, burrata or feta with salad, chicken salad, padrón peppers or grilled vegetable dishes
Producer: Familia Traversa
Grape Varieties: Albarino
Optimum Drinking: Within 3 years
Wine Style: Still/White
Alcohol: 12.5% VOL
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