James Suckling 92 points - A dense and layered white with sliced lemon and cream. Stone. Full body, round and juicy. A new wine from Noemia made from old-bush vines. Only 4,000 bottles. Drink now. (Mar 2018)
The estate is situated in Rio Negro Valley, which is 620 miles South of Buenos Aires, 280 miles east of the Andes, 310 miles west of the Atlantic and a further 1240 miles from Tierra del Fuego. In other words, it is located in the middle of the desert. The valley’s microclimate is under the influence of two rivers deriving from the Andes, the Neuquen and the Limay which form into the Rio Negro, which throws itself into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro valley is an ex glacier which is 310 miles long and 15,5 miles large at 250 yards above sea level. In 1828, the British colonies, having observed the large amounts of water flowing down the river, decided to create channels which would irrigate the valley thus forming a type of oasis in the middle of the desert.
The winter was very cold and humid, usually the winters in Rio-Negro are very cold and dry, this marks a start of a humid cycle for the area. The spring was somewhat windy and cool and lasted until beginning December, very long. The summer only began in January but came in force as it was hotter than usual and was so for the entire month and all of February as well. Then harvest started and March was cool again but wet, much wetter than usual, it rained almost every week end, not a very common thing for the area. The autumn went straight into winter, it got cold quite soon, we got our first frost as early as the 27th of March, which forced us to pick the Noemía grapes a bit earlier. All in all, we would call 2014 a very good vintage with very variable weather patterns.
One quarter of the grapes are estate grown from our own vineyard planted in 2004 in Valle Azul in the desert, which is cultivated organically & Bio-Dynamically (both certified by respectfully Argencer & Demeter) and drip irrigated. The other three quarters are grapes partly sourced at the INTA (Agricultural Research Centre) and various producers and sites that we lease the vines from.