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: 14.5%
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  • Vicien, Bonarda, Catamarca, 2013

    Product Code: VIB213

    Vicien, Bonarda, Catamarca, 2013

    “Bonarda is now identified as being genetically identical to Douce Noire, an obscure variety whose home is Savoie - and no relation to Bonarda...”

    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, 2012

    Product Code: CAE212

    Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2012

    “"Lifted, sweet, wild, dark-red fruit and a hint of violets. But this is complex because it is also spicy and a touch meaty. Rich and thickly...”

    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%
    More Info
  • 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. 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%
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  • Carinae, Malbec, Mendoza, 2013

    Product Code: CAE113

    Carinae, Malbec, Mendoza, 2013

    “Philippe Subra’s unoaked Malbec, which always shows the enticing perfume of the grape: crushed red berries and plums. Blackberry at heart, not...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Carinae, Cuvée Brigitte, Mendoza, 2013

    Product Code: CAE813

    Carinae, Cuvée Brigitte, Mendoza, 2013

    “Named after Philippe’s wife, this is a lightly oaked blend of 51% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Syrah. It’s highly successful, the...”

    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

    “We were the first to bring Walter Bressia’s remarkable wines to the UK. Now in his sixties, Walter is the grand old man of the Argentine wine...”

    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%
    More Info

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