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Sub-region of Mendoza - Mendoza 的副產區

August 8, 2017

Understanding Mendoza - 瞭解 Mendoza

 

To understand the whole picture of Argentine wine one has to go deeper into Mendoza, as it contains more than 144,000 hectares (one of the biggest wine regions in the world) of planted vineyards and producing nearly two-thirds of the entire Argentine wine production. 

 

Mendoza lies on a high flat plain next to the Andes Mountains whose peaks act as a rain shadow. With annual rainfall of 225 mm, extremely sunny and an almost pest-free environment, Mendoza is considered a desert-like region. Fortunately, there is ample snowmelt from the Andes Mountains which is funneled into a vast network of irrigation channels.

 

Located at 3,000-4,000 feet above sea level, temperatures drop drastically at night which serves to halt the ripening process giving the grapes ample time to ripen and develop their sugar content. This makes for a physiologically ripe grape with good acidity. In Mendoza, elevation is the terroir-specific signifier of quality.

 

要了解阿根廷葡萄酒,我們必需深入認識Mendoza。這是世界上最大的葡萄酒產區之一,擁有超過14.4萬公頃葡萄園,阿根廷三分之二的葡萄酒都在這裡釀造。

 

Mendoza位於安第斯山麓平坦的高原上,山峰遮擋了雨水,其年降雨量僅225毫米,晴朗乾燥如沙漠地區。幸好安第斯山脈的融雪,為葡萄園帶來方便的灌溉來源。

 

位處海拔3,000-4,000米,夜間溫度驟降,緩減了葡萄成熟過程,使葡萄有充足的生理成熟度及酸度。在Mendoza,高海拔跟質素有很大關係。

 

 

 

Maipú

 

The province’s most historic wine region where you’ll find classic Bodega Lopez, Pascual Toso and Trapiche. An area called Barrancas, which is slightly warmer than the surrounding Maipú, is noted for producing red wines with darker fruit flavors and softer acidity.

 

傳統的產區,經典的Bodega Lopez、Pascual Toso和Trapiche都在此。當中Barrancas地區平均氣溫比Maipú其他地區略高,其生產的紅酒黑果味較重、酸度較為柔軟。

 

Luján de Cuyo

 

Home to the game-changing producer Catena Zapata and other exceptional wineries. Malbec from Cuyo will give more black fruits with Asian spice notes and a dusty or graphite-like finish. Of the sub-regions, Agrelo, Vistalba, Las Compuertas and Perdriel offer some of the most distinguishable differences.

 

Catena Zapata和其他特殊釀酒廠的家園。 來自Cuyo的馬爾貝克將會提供更多的黑色水果,帶有亞洲香料和灰塵或類似石墨般的表面。 在分區域中,Agrelo,Vistalba,Las Compuertas和Perdriel提供了一些最明顯的區別。

 

Uco Valley

 

With some of the highest elevation vineyards of all of Mendoza, the region has attracted producers from all over the world including Clos de la Siete, Bodega Lurton, Altos Los Hormigas, etc, and is known for producing premium wines with elegance and great aging potential.

 

擁有全區海拔最高的葡萄園,該地吸引了來自世界各地的酒商和釀酒師,包括Clos de la Siete,Bodega Lurton,Altos Los Hormigas等,其出品以優雅和陳年潛力而聞名。

 

San Rafael

 

A region with a limited number of wineries, some of which were started by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. It remains a great value wine region, although few of its producers import to the US.

 

酒廠數目不多,部分源自二十世紀初從意大利遷移的移民。其出產的葡萄酒性價比高,少部分會出口到美國。

 

San Martín

 

The region is planted with some of Mendoza’s more esoteric varieties including Criolla Grande, Pedro Giménez, Moscatel Rosada, Bonarda, and Tempranillo. Malbec here is ripe with potential for the garagiste winemakers to come along and do things differently.

 

種植很多較稀有的品種,包括Criolla Grande,Pedro Giménez、Moscatel Rosada、Bonarda和Tempranillo,Malbec成熟度亦很高,因此是「車房釀酒師」的天堂。

 

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