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Uruguay's wine industry is present in 15 out of the 19 departments in the country and is home to over 9,000 hectares of mainly family-owned vineyards. It seems to have adopted Tannat as its iconic grape, but also produces a wide variety of reds and whites that benefit from the granite, sandy loam soils (called 'balasto') and the crucial influence of the balmy breezes and maritime climate of the Atlantic Ocean (in the Punta del Este region).

At the helm as one of the ambassadors of premium Uruguayan wine is the stunning Bodega Garzon – the first LEEDS-certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) winery outside of the United States. Founded in 1999 by Alejandro and Bettina Bulgheroni - a renowned agro-industrial entrepreneur - the winery team also includes enologist Alberto Antonini (of Frescobaldi and Antinori fame), winemaker German Bruzzone and agronomist Eduardo Felix.

Garzon's complex grid of vineyards includes over 1,000 different plots which provide the peculiar terroirs that give the individual wines such a singular elegance and character. Grapes are hand- harvested into small bins and then hand-sorted and sent through an optical laser sorting machine to ensure that only the very best fruit reaches your bottle. Fermentation occurs in concrete vats and "tulips" and are aged in untoasted French oak. Yes, untoasted! These "live" containers maintain the natural and individual integrity of the wines. The sustainably farmed grapes undergo minimal handling and enjoy the benefits of fermenting with their native yeasts – all the better to extract the unique qualities of each plot's varietal. You recall those afore-mentioned concrete "tulips"? They are constructed in such a way that the curvature at the bottom allows the grapes to be suspended in a sort of "perpetual motion" element, thus eliminating the need for punch-downs or pump-overs. These are the same concrete tanks that are used by Petrus in Bordeaux. Yet another gesture towards their "hands-off" approach to winemaking and an incredible investment destined to keep their quality constantly trending upward.

Sourced from vineyards favored by the cooling influence of the Atlantic, southerly exposure and soils similar to those in Galicia, Spain, this boutique production is a testament to the immense quality and popularity of this world-class white. This Albarino expresses the maximum typicity of the varietal – a pantheon of stone fruit, citrus and acacia blossom floods the senses. It is boosted by an incredible latticework of minerality and has a beeswax quality that gives it a texturized and layered palate. It is elegant and fresh with a lifted acidity, but has of brisk voluptuousness that creates an impeccable mouthfeel and lends to its bright, lingering finish. If you are a lover of Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc, you need this wine in your life. Only 1,800 cases produced.
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