Located 11 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the estate has more than 1,000 small vineyard blocks covering hillside slopes, which benefit from varying microclimates, different levels of humidity and an intense canopy management. Well-draining granitic soils and cooling Atlantic breezes allow the grapes to ripen steadily. The vineyards are surrounded by lush forests, palm trees, rocky soils and granite boulders. Grapes for Balasto are grown on soils made up of decomposed granite rock, which provides excellent drainage and minerality. This is the key to giving this iconic Uruguayan wine its complexity, energy and vibrancy.
First set up by husband and wife team Alejandro and Bettina at the heart of their plan was to produce premium wines that not only did justice to the environment but represented the historical culture of Uruguay.
The sustainable pattern and design of the winery ensures maximum use of their natural recourses such as the wind and warm climate, they have earnt the accolade of being the first sustainable and LEED certified winery outside of North America. Currently producing up to 2.2 million litres of wine but creating as little disturbance to the environment as possible
50% Tannat , 40% Cabernet Franc, 5% Marselan, 5% Merlot
The hand-harvested grapes were macerated for five days before fermentation in 80 hectolitre cement tanks, at 26-28ºC for one week with twice daily pump overs. The wine was then transferred to a mix of 25 and 50 hectolitre untoasted French oak barrels (fourth use) for 20 months ageing before being bottled unfiltered.
Superb with beef and dark meats, chorizo, rosemary and horseradish, casseroles and potatoes.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.