Riverside Blend 2020, In Situ, Vina San Esteban, Aconcagua Valley
Fermented in French oak, this wine blends fresh pear and mineral notes from Chardonnay and a dense body and floral aromas from the Viognier.
The family owned Viña San Esteban vineyards and winery are located in the La Florida and Paidahuen vineyards, in the town of San Esteban in the Aconcagua Valley in central Chile. Privileged soil conditions and the Aconcagua’s microclimate, together with quality technological practices in the vineyards and the winery, produce quality grapes and wines which are recognised internationally.
In Situ is a ‘terroir project’ with the vineyards located at the eastern end of the Aconcagua river Valley. The warm daytime temperatures provide ideal ripening conditions for the grapes, while the altitude and the breezes that descend from the Andes mountains at night provide the cooling required to achieve the balancing acidity necessary for great wines.
Hand-picked and fermented in French oak barrels, it was then barrel-aged over its fine lees for 6 months. The wine didn’t undergo malolactic fermentation in order to keep the acidity and minerality of the blend. After bottling, this wine was aged for at least 3 additional months before release.