Luigi Bosca Gala 3 · Viognier · Chardonnay · Riesling
Viognier, Chardonnay, Riesling
Luigi Bosca Gala 3 is a pioneer among Argentinean White blends. Intense yellow colored with green hues, it has delicate and honeyed aromas, with white fruit, floral and spicy notes. It is fat, refreshing, deep and well-bodied in the mouth and fresh and elegant in the palate, with a very expressive character and many layers of flavors and textures. Long, mature and balanced finish. It is a wine with a unique character and good ageing potential.
|Vineyards||Finca Los Nobles, Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Finca El Paraíso, El Paraíso, Maipú, Mendoza|
|Altitude||960 meters, 900 meters.|
|Age of the vineyards||30 years, 40 years.|
|Variety||Viognier 50%, Chardonnay 40%, Riesling 10%.|
|Agronomists||Engineer Alberto Arizu Sr / Engineer Juan Sola.|
|Ageing potential||6 years.|
|Recommended wine serving temperature||Between 8°C and 10°C.|
Perfect to enjoy with special dishes such as slightly-canned red tuna with beans and almond purée, or a roasted stuffed quail with lentil salad.
Continental climate, with a wide range of temperature between day and night, and well-defined seasons which contribute to a good growth of the vines. The altitude and its microclimate are ideal for the grapes since they provide a unique character. Many hours of good sunlight.
Soil and vine
This wine is a blend from two vineyards located in Luján de Cuyo, with outstanding health and phytosanitary conditions. The soils are sandy-loam, with stones from varying size, poor organic matter and very good drainage.
The three varieties are vinified separately exactly the same way. The grapes are hand-picked in boxes from 18 to 20 kilograms, bunches are selected and then pressed with the whole cluster, except from Riesling, that is de-stalked and macerated in press for 8 hours at 10 °C. Before the fermentation process, a cold budbreak is conducted for 36 hours. After that, Viognier and Rieslings musts are fermented using selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at temperatures that range from 14 °C to 16 °C. Chardonnays must is fermented in new oak barrels, where it is aged for six months. The other two varieties are kept in stainless steel tanks in contact with fine lees. Once the ageing is finished, the final blend is done and then wine is stabilized, filtered and bottled. Before its launch into the market, it is stowed in cold storage (at 7 °C) for at least six months.
Ageing in barrels
The Chardonnay is aged in new oak barrels for six months.
Comments by the winemaker
With Gala 3 we seek to emphasize the quality and complexity obtained with blends of white varieties, thus showing the potential of the terroirs of Mendoza for cultivation. The Viognier provides character and structure, while the Chardonnay gives citric, floral notes and sweetness and the Riesling, on the other hand, adds complexity, freshness and minerality. Due to its cold weather, the 2016 harvest was very favorable to preserve acidity in white grapes. The work at the vineyard was essential to achieve the proper health and obtain the grapes optimum ripeness. The result was a highly intense, fresh wine with aromatic precision and a fatty balance in the mouth.
Alcohol: 13.90° | PH: 3.28 | Total acidity: 5.85 g/l | Residual sugar: 2.44 g/l