Pan de Azúcar Riesling 2015
“One of the best whites in Uruguay today.” – Decanter Magazine
Bodega Bouza’s Riesling is protected from Uruguay’s rainy weather by the rocky soils surrounding the Pan de Azúcar hill, much as the slate vineyards do in Germany. The result is – as Decanter said – one of the country’s greatest white wines. There’s white rose, sea salt, crunchy green apple, apricot, lemon zest, lime juice and just the faintest waft of smoke and petrol as this wonderful Riesling matures. To say that this a relative newcomer, it has the authority of an Old World classic. Serve with crunchy summer dishes, smoked fish, fatty meats and spicy curries.
Keep an eye on Uruguay. This progressive, entrepreneurial and environmentally friendly nation has a big wine drinking culture, so much so that very little gets exported and the government actively protect the local industry from cheap imports from Chile and Argentina. So despite it being the fourth biggest wine producer in South America, their wonderful bottles are very hard to come by.
Bodega Bouza was established towards the end of the 1990s by Juan and Elisa Bouza. Based at the foot of the Pan de Azúcar hill, about 90km east of Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, and just a stone’s throw from the sea. The Bouza’s have a large family, all of them wine lovers and all them heavily involved in the business. They believe that working on a boutique scale results in better wine, and you’d be hard pressed to argue with them when you taste the quality of their handpicked production. But don’t think that this is a quaint, tumbledown farm. Bodega Bouza is a slick operation, with a stunning bar and restaurant, huge critical acclaim and medals to cobble dogs with. Automobile enthusiasts may also be interested in visiting Bodega Bouza, as they might get a chance to taste the wines amongst the gleaming chrome and shiny paintwork of their classic car collection.
£3.2 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3034721
Style No.: 742640
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