Bodega Corazon Del Sol: the family of Revana’ vineyards
Gran Reserva MalbecCorazon Del Sol
The The captivating Malbec and Grenache-based wines of Bodega Corazon Del Sol (Heart of the Sun), which are produced from vines that enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year, express the best of the unique high-altitude terroir of the Argentina in every carefully crafted bottle. Grenache refers to a dark-skinned red grape variety, native to Spain (Garnacha), but also present in France (Grenache noir) and Italy (Cannonau), and which is used to produce the wine of the same name. This winery, located on 17 acres of estate vineyards, planted in the foothills of the Andes in the Las Chacayes region of the Uco Valley, is the newest member of the Revana family of vineyards.
It was in 2008 that visionary winemaker Dr Madaiah Revana, also a cardiologist, traveled to Argentina in hopes of finding a conveniently located estate in the country’s wine capital, Mendoza, for his next wine venture. First introduced to good wine by friends, he quickly became fascinated with Bordeaux premier crus, devoting himself to learning all he could about his newfound interest. He traveled the wine regions of Europe and the United States, learning along the way, determined to create an estate vineyard from which he could craft his world-class wines. Despite being a successful doctor, his desire was rooted in his Indian heritage, his passion for wine and the rich tradition and culture of winemaking.
After opening two successful bodegas, Revana Family Vineyard in Napa Valley and Alexana Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, his dream now was to have his own vineyard in the best wine country in South America. Since opening its doors in 2015 and thanks to the meticulous cultivation of its vines, located at an altitude of 3,600 feet, Corazon Del Sol produces some of the best Bordeaux and Rhone varietals in the country. These include Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, all made by renowned Argentinian winemakers Santiago Achaval and Christian Moor.
The carefully selected wines of Corazon Del Sol convey great complexity, power and finesse in their personality, designed to dramatically excite the palate. Their varietals include the historic blend of GSM, a pioneering wine that made Argentine history by combining Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre to stunning perfection. Aromatic notes of pomegranate, violet and black raspberry accentuate the palate with raspberry, red currants and a juicy texture with polished tannins. Malbec saw its 2016 (94 points) and 2017 (95 points) vintages sell while gaining Passionate about wine‘s Editor’s Choice & Top 100 (2017) with a wine spectator Top 100 in 2016.
Bodega Corazon Del Sol’s Cab/Cab red blend features a Cabernet profile that marries the power and fruity intensity of high-altitude Cabernet Sauvignon with the invigorating aromas and elegance of Cabernet Franc. Small batches of these hand-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are alternately layered and co-fermented to develop harmonious integration of tannins and complex fruit expression. The Magma red blend includes Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and received 93 points from the wine spectator in 2018. Grenache, rarely found in Mendoza, is a special from this bodega that features bright red fruits and silky tannins, earning it a score of 93 points from the Wine advocate.
Semillon Blanc is a young, fresh and medium-bodied variety, very aromatic and typical of two cold areas of the Tupungato region of Mendoza – El Zampal and El Peral. This Sémillon is designed to honor the heritage of winemakers from the 1970s, when Argentina produced more white wines than reds. Arguably the jewel in the bodega’s crown is Grenache’s Padma Rose’. This limited run of just 4,000 bottles is named after India’s national flower (the Lotus) – an iconic memory from Dr. Revana’s childhood growing up on a farm in southern India. The bespoke bottles were created for what has become South America’s most famous and sought after bottle of rosé.
Revana Family Vineyards was born out of determination and today continues to produce some of the finest wines in the world. Dr. Revana himself is the only Indian immigrant to own three wineries which have all been featured on wine spectator‘s Top 100 lists and are highly acclaimed.
Bodega Corazon Del Sol (Photo: CDS)
The vineyards of Corazón Del Sol (Photo: CDS)
Luminoso GSM Blend (Photo: CDS)
Luminoso GSM Blend is cast. (Photo: Bettabeth Reid)
Padma Grenache Rose (centre), 100% Grenache (left) and Luminoso GSM Blend (Photo: Betzabeth Reid)
Some wines from the bodega tasted in private tasting. (Photo: Bettabeth Reid)
The underground tasting room at Corazón Del Sol (Photo: Betzabeth Reid)
Hospitality Manager Carolina Fuller and Thursday Food Wine Contributor André W Reid during a tour and tasting at Bodega Corazón Del Sol (Photo: Betzabeth Reid)
Carolina Fuller pours Malbec during the tour. (Photo: Bettabeth Reid)
Carolina Fuller serves Merlot from the barrel during the tasting tour. (Photo: Bettabeth Reid)
Wine tasting directly from the barrel in Corazón Del Sol. (Photo: Bettabeth Reid)
Wine tasting at Bodega Corazón Del Sol (Photo: Betzabeth Reid)