Another one of the rose’ wines I had this week, by Susana Balbo from Argentina, was a real treat. This 2015 was made from 100% Malbec in the Uco Valley in Argentina. The vineyards are very high, 1200 meters above sea level here and are hand harvested. While the alcohol was high, 14.5%, I didn’t find it overwhelming even on a hot Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg. It was fruity but not over the top with nice acidity thanks to the elevation, subtle aromatics and a long finish made it a great wine to pair with summer foods. It is also very affordable at around $13.
I love the fact that these wines are made by an Argentine woman, Susana Balbo. Susana got her degree in oenology in 1981, and became the first woman in Argentina to do so. Her career started in Cafayate, Salta province at Michel Torino winery, she then worked at other well-regarded wineries such as Martins and Catena Zapata. According to her website, “She was the first Argentinean woman hired as a consultant to wineries worldwide: Spain, Chile, Italy, Brazil, Australia, and California. This experience allowed her to always be ahead of market trends and wine styles.” In 1999 she founded her own winery, Dominio del Plata. It is located in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza. I loved Argentina when I visited some time ago. For a time I danced tango a bit and was quite taken with it. I didn’t visit her winery at the time of my visit but there is always a reason to go back.