Tilia Chardonnay

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Wine Description

The Tilia wines are made at Bodegas Esmeralda in the Eastern region of Mendoza. They are made by Leopoldo Kuschnaroff, a winemaker and viticulturist in charge of all Catena family vineyards in Eastern Mendoza. The grapes for this Chardonnay were sourced from vineyards sites in both the Eastern and Southern regions with elevations ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 feet above sea level.

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Winemaker Gonzalo Llensa
Sustainability Specialist Guillermina Van Houten
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Luján de Cuyo mountain & vine
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Wild Pollinator owned by Catena Zapata
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“The 2015 Chardonnay is a blend of grapes from throughout the Mendoza province with some notes of dry hay and nuts, balsamic with subtle smoke and spices from the 15% of the volume that goes through malolactic and is kept in contact with oak staves. The palate is medium-bodied, shows good freshness and clean flavors. A commercial, straightforward Chardonnay with good freshness, ideal with light foods.”
— Luis Gutierrez, Dec 2016
“Oak notes of vanilla and spices along with tropical fruits and fresh apricot on the nose. Supple and easygoing, with citrus and spice flavors complicated by a suggestion of talc. Not expansive but a very well-made, crisp Chardonnay for the price, with no shortage of flavor intensity.”
— Vinous, Mar 2016
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Vineyard & Production Info
Soil composition
Training method
Pergola/Arbor-trained and VSP
1,500-3,000 feet
4 tons
Year vineyard planted:
1950 - 2005
Harvest time:
First vintage of this wine:
Bottles produced of this wine:
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Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
21-30 days
Fermentation temperature:
57-61 °F
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes (60%)
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks and Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Type of oak:
French (10% New)
Length of aging before bottling:
3 months
Age of Aging Container:
10% New
Length of bottle aging:
3 months
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Analytical Data
pH level:
5.8 g/L
13 %
Dry extract:
20.1 g/L
Residual sugar:
2.9 g/L