Ju­lia Halupz­cok

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Finca Sophe­nia, Ar­gentina

The French-owned Alta Vista win­ery has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in Ju­lia Halupz­cok’s ca­reer. She worked there for three years dur­ing her stud­ies and went back seven years later af­ter spells in Cal­i­for­nia and at O Fournier in the Uco Val­ley. But it was her move from Alta Vista to Finca Sophe­nia in 2016 that has pro­pelled her into the spotlight.

Sophe­nia is best known for its Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, a wine that Halupz­cok makes with white-wine guru Matías Miche­lini. But the reds that she cre­ated in 2016 and 2017 – most no­tably the An­tisyn­the­sis blend of Mal­bec and Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon – are even more ex­cit­ing. Ever mod­est, she plays down her in­flu­ence, cit­ing the qual­ity of owner Roberto Luka’s grapes and the unique­ness of the Gaultal­lary ter­roir. ‘Oenol­ogy is like make-up: if there’s too much it can be a dis­as­ter, but a lit­tle can en­hance beauty. That’s what I try to do.’

Halupc­zok cites two con­sul­tant wine­mak­ers, French­man Di­dier De­bono and Ar­gen­tinian Rubén Sfra­gara, as her men­tors, both from her Alta Vista days, but says that it’s im­por­tant to dis­cover your own path as an oe­nol­o­gist. ‘Mis­takes help you to learn and grow.’

Finca Sophe­nia, Syn­the­sis Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Tupun­gato, Men­doza, Ar­gentina 2017 93

£ 28.95 El­lis Wines One of Ar­gentina’s best Sau­vi­gnon Blancs, which ages very well in bot­tle too, this stylish and fo­cused white is leesy, herbal and crunchy with cap­sicum and goose­berry flavours and mouth­wa­ter­ing acid­ity. Drink 2020-2032 Alc 12.5% ➢

‘Oenol­ogy is like make-up: if there’s too much it can be a dis­as­ter, but a lit­tle can en­hance beauty’ Ju­lia Halupz­cok

Above: Ju­lia Halupz­cok, wine­maker at Finca Sophe­nia

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