The goal of Bodegas Salentein is clear: to produce first-rate wines, committed with the earth where they come from. During its preparation, Salentein respects nature and, at the same time, takes part in the life of the area’s community, because the people become an essential component that reflects in the wine expression.
The first Argentine winery that combines wine, art, cuisine and pleasure.
Bodegas Salentein is a multi-awarded winning estate located in Mendoza and winemaker José Galante is at the forefront of this. José says that one of the estate goals is “to make exceptional wines while supporting the local people and community and encouraging local biodiversity”.
The history of winemaking in Argentina dates back to the 1500s. Its heritage can be traced back to Spain, France and Italy, and the Salentein Estate located in the Uco Valley has roots dating back to the 17th Century.
For over 30 years, José led the Catena Zapata Group and has worked worldwide alongside many international wine consultants. Whilst working in the United States, he worked with Paul Hobbs who is also a consultant for Salentein. This is where José sets on a new path to create Argentine wine of superior quality. To help him achieve this goal, he has studied many winemaking techniques in Spain and France.
Environmental approach is key here, the winery recycles 100% of the water used and continuously improves year on year with energy savings. Salentein gained ISO 14001 status in 2010 and the vineyard management is focussed on sustainable practices. Native flora is employed as cover crops and all organic matters, and to top it off, vineyard and winemaking activities are returned to the land as natural fertilisers. Salentein operates a reserve to protect about 50 hectares of native desert habitat in pristine condition.
My top pick from this producer has to be the only white in the collection, the Salentein Single Vineyard Plot 2 Chardonnay. The level of complexity to this wine is something that just keeps coming back to delight, minerality, citrus layers, elegance, freshness, buttery character… its a must try for all, including any vegans out there too!
The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from San Pablo estate, which is located over 1,600 metres above sea level in the Uco Valley. The vineyard was planted in 2002 and the soils are a mixture of loam, sand and boulder, it has excellent drainage and low fertility. The grapes ripen slowly in this vineyard and are hand-harvested at the optimum moment. Whole clusters were pressed and fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, the wine was then aged on the lees and a full malolactic fermentation was carried out. Intense and complex with an outstanding minerally character, citrus notes and hints of jasmine. Its excellent natural acidity makes it elegant, fresh and lingering. Tim Atkin awarded the 2012 vintage 93 points in his Argentina Report in 2015 and the 2012 vintage won the Best Chardonnay Trophy at the 2015 Argentina Wine Awards.
SILVER (2014) Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 | Commended (2013) Sommelier Wine Awards 2017