Argentina

Argentinian Wines


Malbec. Lots of Malbec…offering gorgeous brambly fruit, whether fresh and unoaked or dense and given barrel-ageing in new barrels.


Malbec’s original home is in south-west France, and specifically in the appellation of Cahors. There (known as Cot) it makes a strongly flavoured wine which is, all too often, tannic, rustic and needs several years ageing to show its best. Introduced to Argentina in the last third of the 19th century, Malbec, like Carmenère in Chile, delivers much better wine when transplanted than in its homeland. Malbec gives a forward, perfumed wine with delicious brambly fruit, and with real stuffing, character and ageing potential too. It blends well too: the addition of a little Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, lends more structure for keeping; and Syrah can give spice and blackcurrant notes. The great advantage Argentina has over new world rivals like Chile and South Africa is a high proportion of old vine plantings.


The second most important red grape in the country is Bonarda. We now know that Bonarda is genetically the same as an obscure Savoie variety called Douce Noire (and no relation at all to Bonarda Piemontese). Just as with Malbec, this grape has proved far more successful in Argentina than in its much cooler home. From old vines in can make a bittersweet, black-fruited, rather Italianate wine.


Argentina is a hot and dry country. As a result altitude is very important in preserving finesse in their wines: most vineyards around Mendoza, the premier wine region, for example are at 800-1300 metres. New volume plantings - of both Malbec and Syrah / Shiraz - on lower sites often do not give great results.

Argentina

  • Walter Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza, 2011

    Product Code: BRE111

    Walter Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza, 2011

    “Walter Bressia, now in his fifties, has experience as winemaker and consultant oenologue for a number of Argentine estates. In 2003 he decided he...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Vicien, Bonarda, Catamarca, 2015

    Product Code: VIB215

    Vicien, Bonarda, Catamarca, 2015

    “Bonarda, widely grown in Argentina, is genetically identical to Douce Noire, an obscure Savoie variety. Fresh blackberries and blueberries, with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Catamarca
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2014

    Product Code: CAE214

    Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2014

    “Very deep and inky. Lovely open perfume of cherries, berries and vanilla. With silky, classy, brambly fruit, tinged with chocolatey oak, this is...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2009

    Product Code: CAE509

    Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2009

    “About 70% Malbec, with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, a selection of all the best parcels of the vintage, aged in new barrels for 18 months....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Carinae, Malbec, Mendoza, 2017

    Product Code: CAE117

    Carinae, Malbec, Mendoza, 2017

    “From 90 year old vines at Cruz de Piedra, Maipú. Philippe’s unoaked Malbec, which always shows the enticing perfume of the grape: crushed...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Carinae, Cuvée Brigitte, Mendoza, 2014

    Product Code: CAE814

    Carinae, Cuvée Brigitte, Mendoza, 2014

    “Named after Philippe’s wife, this is a lightly oaked blend of about 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon: the former brings rich red fruit from...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Walter Bressia, Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc, 2013

    Product Code: BRE513

    Walter Bressia, Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc, 2013

    “From grapes sourced in higher sites in the Uco Valley, a very powerful, full flavoured example - but retaining the grape's perfume. Supple and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Carinae, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, 2017

    Product Code: CAE317

    Carinae, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, 2017

    “We felt that this wine really hit the spot in this vintage. Fragrant, pre red and blackcurrant flavours, juicy but also dry, savoury and food...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2012

    Product Code: CAE512

    Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2012

    “About 75% Malbec, with 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Syrah, a selection of the best grapes of the vintage, aged in new barrels for 18 months. Inky....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
    More Info

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