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Where are the highest vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina based? Describe the wine styles, this region and its departments.
  • South of Central Mendoza; Uco Valley
  • The highest vineyards; 850-1500m
  • Cooler temperature, higher diurnal range
  • Less sugar, more acidity, fresh fruit
  • still intense sunshine, therefore deep colour and ripe tannins
  • Huge investments are made by leading wine makers i.e. Zuccardi.
  • Dominated by black grape varieties, particularly Malbec, but at high altitude also great potential for premium white wines.
  • drip irrigation is more commonly used
  • Three departments: Tupungato, Tunuyán and San Carlos, each of which has its own GI.
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One of the three departments in Uco Valley is Tunuyán, describe this department its district, and its wines.
  • To the south of Tupungato, Tunuyán covers a wider range of altitudes.
  • At the lower and warmer end of the valley, fuller-bodied, structured yet fruity red wines, whereas the higher sites are some of the coolest areas in Mendoza and suitable for premium white wines and Pinot Noir.
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One of the three departments in Uco Valley is San Carlos, describe this department its district, and its wines.
  • 1,000 and 1,200m.
  • The most southerly of the three is increasingly recognised for its:
  • Old vine plantings and the quality of its red wines, especially Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and, in the lower, warmer areas, Syrah.
  • It includes the GI of Paraje Altamira, which, based on an alluvial fan, includes a variety of soils, though a high presence of calcium carbonate and a stony topsoil are hallmarks of the GI.
  • With lower altitude, Malbecs are thought to be more intense, and fuller bodied, though with the acidity and tannin structure to age well
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