RKS Wine: Argentinian Viognier?

We do not see much Argentinian Viognier here in Canada. Most of it comes from California and France. So is this Seral Viognier from Mendoza any good? The grapes are grown at an altitude of 1,300 metres in Tupungato, Mendoza. There is no oak involved just stainless steel.

It has a very light gold colour and is almost platinum coloured. Unmistakable aromas of Viognier being honey, peach apricots and tangerine. On the palate it is a bit vacuous and stops short of delivering a solid Viognier punch. In fact it is watery. Short finish.  A big disappointment. A mediocre Viognier from Argentina should not lead to conclusions Argentina can’t produce great Viogniers. Before we say adios I noted upon opening a yeast smell emanated from the bottle almost as if I was wandering about in a winery at harvest time but no trace of yeast in the glass or on the palate. Strange.

(Atamisque Serbal Viognier 2019, Bodega Atamisque, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina, $16.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 21984, 750 mL, 14%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 85/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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