|Juan Andrés Marichal with the Tannat vines outside his winery|
The first is a commonplace blend for bubbly, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but I don't think I've ever seen it in a still wine.
"We wanted to make a Pinot Noir, but we thought on its own it didn't have enough acidity," says Juan Andrés Marichal. "It wasn't interesting. Not enough character. So we added Chardonnay."
Marichal made less than 100 cases of the first vintage in 2007, but the wine proved popular, so he's up to 750 cases.
But as with most Uruguayan wineries, his expansion potential seems limited because it's a small family operation.
His great-grandparents, immigrants from Lugarno, Italy and the Canary Islands, started Marichal winery in 1916.