Raised in the foothills of the Andes Mountain in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, our Chardonnay displays an intensity and fresh balance that is characteristic of this unique winegrowing region. At an altitude of 1,150 meters, the mountain vineyards experience beneficial struggles with poor, rocky soils and an extreme climate that varies between warm, arid days and chilly nights. The resulting grapes have concentrated flavors and bright acidity.
We hand picked the grapes in the early hours of morning while the balancing acids remained high. Keeping the grapes cool, we pressed the clusters whole to retain the delicate nuances of the Chardonnay. Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel retained the crisp fruit character. Approximately 30 percent of the wine went through secondary (malolactic) fermentation and light aging in French oak to build structure, round the edges and impart the soft, pleasing mouthfeel.
The Navarro Correas family descends from the Correas family, an old and prestigious name related to the production and manufacturing of high-quality wines. The family history dates back to 1798, when Sir Juan de Dios Correas planted the first vine seeds in the lands of Mendoza at the foot of the Andes ridge. Sir Juan De Dios also played an active role in the public life of Mendoza, where he served as Municipal Councillor in the year 1814 and as governor in 1824. Since mid 1800, and for more than a century, the family used to sell the Winery’s grapes and wines to other producers. Finally, in 1974 Sir Edmundo Navarro Correas, a direct descendant of Juan de Dios Correas, started to manufacture wines bearing his own name.