Stylish wines with a heart of gold...
Those of a certain age may recall the band Yello, one of whose members was the Swiss musician and conceptual artist, Dieter Meier, the very same Dieter Meier whose somewhat bonkers at times creativity included, some years ago, establishing a winery in Agrelo, in the heart of Mendoza's original wine lands, dedicated to organic production.
With every man, woman and their dog flocking to the Uco Valley in recent years to push the vinous envelope, let's not forget where it all started and still thrives, right here in Luján de Cuyo, close to Mendoza city.
Argentina isn't always an easy place to do things differently, but Dieter's vision and determination makes Ojo de Agua a shining light for the organic cause. He and his talented team, including consultant winemaker Marcelo Pelleriti (an Argentine who has scored 100 Parker points for his exploits in Pomerol) and winemaker Noelia Gonzalez, have nailed it!
We didn't buy these wines because they are organic, mind you; we bought them because of their sheer quality. The style overall can be described as velvet-soft and generous on fruit, but the wines are not overblown or excessively showy, they are wonderfully fresh and the oak, if used at all, is used judiciously. The suppleness is partly down to the winemaking style, but is also a reflection of the Agrelo terroir, on alluvial soils at 950 — 1,150 MASL. These are lovely, stylish wines with a heart of gold.