Chardonnay 2016



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Dénomination origine (DOC)
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About this winery

El Enemigo, “the enemy”. The struggle that most defines us in our lives is the one that we wage with our selves. We are all our own worst enemies. This is the credo behind the name on the label. The wines of El Enemigo are enigmatic, charismatic, and verging on iconoclastic. In that way the wines reflect their maker, Alejandro Vigil, an almost Picasso-like personality. “Ale”, as he is known, is the head winemaker at the iconic Bodega Catena Zapata, but he has many loves. He consults,...

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Notes about product

100% Chardonnay grapes from Gualtallary, Tupungato; vineyard altitude at 4593ft – 4921ft / 1400m – 1500m. Calcareous, Deep- Calcareous. Rocky soil.

Winemaking notes

Fermented in French oak barrels of 500 lt. 35% new. Wild yeast, max. temp. 64°F/18º C for 40 days. Aged for 9 months in French oak with veil. 500 lt barrels.

Press reviews

James Suckling

- 98 points -

#57 - Top 100 Wines of 2018

November 2018

This is really amazing with an exotic dried-fruit character of pineapple and mangoes. Full-bodied, rich and fruity with cream, pie-crust and caramel character. Crazy chardonnay with a little Jura style and some flor undertones. It really does have flor in the barrel when aging. Love. Get it.

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Wine Advocate

- 94 points -

June 2018

With an even darker, more intense golden color but fresher aromas and flavors compared to the 2015 vintage, the 2016 El Enemigo Chardonnay has more noticeable notes of curry and nuts, with higher acidity, which gives it somewhat of a Jura character. It has 13.5% alcohol and 7.4 grams of acidity (in tartaric), so, very healthy natural parameters. It had a longer élevage sous voile, up to 13 months, so that probably explains why the yeasty and spicy character is more marked here than in the 2015. Winemaker Alejandro Vigil likes it like this, but he doesn't want more of the flor character, as it's not supposed to be a flor wine. Superb! It will be very interesting to see how this wine ages in bottle.

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