13.5% | ARGENTINA

The Criolla Chica grape is more commonly seen in Chile (where it's known as Pais) but is well suited to the extreme conditions of the north of Argentina. Combine the...
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The Criolla Chica grape is more commonly seen in Chile (where it's known as Pais) but is well suited to the extreme conditions of the north of Argentina. Combine the expertise of winemaker Pancho Lavaque with Vallisto's exceptional Criolla vines, first planted in 1898 and residing at an altitude of 2600m in the Calchaqui Valley, and you have something quite remarkable: vivid ruby colour with crunchy red apple and ripe summer fruit, some distinct tannin and a fresh, lively finish.

Light, bright garnet in colour but the wine packs a delightful punch on the palate with fine, firm tannins. On the nose, floral notes, exotic fruits and red cherry. On the palate it's like biting into a big, juicy red apple. An excellent partner for roast lamb and smoked duck or a hearty salad sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

A Vallisto, a person from the valley, specifically Cafayate Valley innorthern Argentine province of Salta. Winemaker Pancho Lavaque, a Vallisto, is creating exciting, rare, limited production wines, often from very old vines. He says: “The idea is to express the uniqueness of place, to bottle the vineyard with the minimum of intervention”. Working with organically grown grapes and wild yeasts, with no acidification, enzymes or added nutrients in the soils, this is a rescue mission to savour.

These grapes are grown at a staggering 2,600 MASL on a vineyard planted in 1898, (actually in the province of Catamarca rather than Salta but still in the Calchaqui Valley region). That’ll help to explain the amazing energy of the wine, as well as the name Extremo Criolla.

Enjoy with thinly sliced, marinated skirt steak cooked over an open flame. 

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Criolla (Pais)
Country
Argentina
Region
Salta
Vintage
2018
ABV %
13.5%
Organic
No
Vegan
Yes

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