New Bodegas Bianchi Wine, Oasis Sur, Spotlights Mendoza's Southern Wine Region in Name and Character
Napa, Calif.—In the foothills of the Andes Mountains, approximately 146 miles south of Mendoza City but still within Mendoza Province, lies the San Rafael wine region. The rapid waters of the Diamente and Atuel Rivers gave birth to an oasis of fertile soil that is surrounded by a “high-desert” of varying heights (from approximately 2000 to 2600 feet). It is in this “Oasis Sur” (“Southern Oasis” in English) that Italian immigrant Valentin Bianchi, with his wife, Elsa, followed in his family’s farming footsteps by planting grapevines and opening a winery in 1928.
Over 92 years later, the third and fourth generations of the Bianchi family are still flourishing in a region markedly different from any other in Argentina. To both honor the land of their family’s roots and to bring greater trade and consumer awareness to it, Bodegas Bianchi is launching the Oasis Sur label.
According to Dennis Kreps, co-owner with his father Stephen d. Kreps, of Quintessential (the exclusive importer for all Bodegas Bianchi wines in the US), “As we bring Oasis Sur to the wine trade and consumers around the country, we’re also introducing them to the ‘Southern Oasis’ of San Rafael, which has flown under the radar as an important Argentine vinicultural area. Through Bodegas Bianchi, wines from San Rafael have long offered high quality, coupled with great value at all price points, to the American market.”
The first two “Oasis Sur” wines being released are a 2019 vintage Malbec and a Cabernet Sauvignon. They both reflect varietal characteristics unique to San Rafael because of the dramatically diverse micro-climates and soil compositions. The silky, round and complex Malbec casts a deep violet hue and imparts fruity aromas of fresh plum, blackberries and figs that Argentine wine connoisseurs have come to expect of the varietal from this region.
With intense sunshine during the day, followed by cool nights, San Rafael has a well-deserved reputation for growing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Argentina. Oasis Sur Cabernet Sauvignon reveals spice and floral notes, as well as red pepper, red fruit leaves, stewed figs, paprika and roasted coffee. It has gentle and ripe tannins, balanced acidity and a remarkable persistence. Neither Oasis Sur Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon sees any oak, allowing both wines to impart the purest expressions of their terroirs.
“The Bianchi vineyards straddle a remarkable number of micro-climates and soils, comprising a unique terroir that I have not seen anywhere else in the country,” explains Silvio Alberto, Chief Winemaker for Bodegas Bianchi. “With these wines, I am able to make a ‘blend of Malbec grapes’ all from the same region but with very different expressions – likewise with the Cabernet grapes. In this, we are realizing our goal to make the best ‘total expression’ of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the Oasis Sur.”
Bodegas Bianchi Oasis Sur Malbec and Oasis Sur Cabernet Sauvignon have a suggested retail price of $15.99. For more information, please contact Quintessential via www.quintessentialwines.com
Founded in 2002 by father and son, Stephen D. and Dennis Kreps, Quintessential is a family-owned-and-operated import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa, California. It is dedicated exclusively to representing other multi-generational, family-owned-and-operated producers who have the same passion for winemaking that Quintessential has for strategically marketing and selling those wines. These producers, from top wine regions around the world, create wines that offer the best, most authentic expression of the grapes from their respective vineyards. For more information, please visit http://www.quintessentialwines.com.