I’m just back from exploring Argentina’s thriving wine scene where I made some great new discoveries. While the South American country is justly famous for its excellent reds made from the malbec grape, there’s a lot more going on. Here I’m looking beyond malbec to see what else this intriguing country can produce.
Finca Las Moras Dadá Art Wine 3 2016, San Juan £11.99, virginwines.co.uk (0343 224 1001), 12.5% alcohol
A blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah, this is sweetly aromatic with warm herbal characters, a touch of mint and sweet berries. It has a good concentration of warm, ripe fruit with some vanilla and cedar from the oak and a nice, spicy bite on the finish.
Zuccardi Chardonnay Apelación Tupungato 2014, Valle de Uco, Mendoza £11.99, Majestic, 13.5% alcohol
From high-altitude vineyards, this is a bold but balanced chardonnay with rich pear and peach fruit, as well as some spice and nuts plus an attractive mineral core. It’s a tasty white with good depth but also some freshness.
Don Cristóbal 1492 Bonarda 2016, Mendoza £9.50, tanners-wines.co.uk (01743 234455), 14% alcohol
Bonarda is one of the most widely planted red grapes in Argentina and this example is fresh and fruity with aromatic cherries and bright berries. It combines ripe, sweet fruit with a juicy freshness and some meaty richness.
Tesco Finest Torrontes 2016, Salta £7.50, Tesco, 13% alcohol
Torrontes is a white grape variety unique to Argentina and this has sweet, floral aromas and hints of pine, mint and herbs. It tastes sweet and grapey with a hint of pleasant bitterness.
Matías Riccitelli Old Vines Merlot 2015, Patagonia £34, greatwinesdirect.co.uk (01293 734664), 14.5% alcohol
This is beautifully floral and intense, with sleek, salty, vivid black-cherry and blackberry fruit, as well as some sweet raspberry jam character. It’s alluring and rich, but also very fresh with nice tannins. There’s an attractive combination of ripe fruit as well as good acid and structure.
Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza Malbec 2014, Mendoza £15.95, slurp.co.uk (01295 672290), 13.5% alcohol
Here’s an interesting blend of malbec, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon grape varieties, fermented and aged in concrete eggs. It is juicy and vibrant with spice-laden blackcurrant and black-cherry fruit, and there’s also some savoury, spicy character.
Catena Chardonnay High Mountain Vines 2016, Mendoza £13.49, Waitrose, 13% alcohol
This is concentrated and lively with bright citrus fruit as well as hints of pineapple and some cedary, spicy oak. Rich and fresh, it has an appealing intensity.
Published at Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:01:00 +0000