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The vineyards of Argentina are planted ever higher, and the quality and reputation of its wine is heading in the same direction. The potential is huge, and only just touched upon.

The conditions unique to Argentina, such as exploitable altitude and ease of irrigation, combined with its seductive signature grape of Malbec and the vast array of vines established by successive waves of immigrants. 

The vineyards of Argentina are planted ever higher, and the quality and reputation of its wine is heading in the same direction. The potential is huge, and only just touched upon.

The conditions unique to Argentina, such as exploitable altitude and ease of irrigation, combined with its seductive signature grape of Malbec... read more.

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History

As in Chile, it was the Spanish who introduced the vine in the sixteenth century but did little with it. It was not until the nineteenth century, when immigration from all over Europe began, that wine was produced on a meaningful scale. The French, the Spanish and the Italians all brought their grapes and their liking for wine with them.

The most significant arrival has proved to be Malbec. Known as Cot in its native Bordeaux, and all but wiped out by the phylloxera plague of the late 1800s, Malbec has hit heights in Argentina that France has never seen.

Climate and Conditions

Winemaking in Argentina has come to resemble the race to climb Everest: it is all about altitude. The trend is for ever higher vineyards and some of the country's finest wines list height above sea level as a mark of distinction. This is not mere macho posturing.

As long as frost can be avoided, the low night-time temperatures at altitude allow a long growing season and maximisation of flavours. Meltwater can also be channelled to water the vines. Extremes of altitude, however, are not a prerequisite for the production of quality wine.

The Wines of Today

Malbec will remain the bedrock of Argentina's growth in exports, and it is increasingly being blended with other red grapes to enhance its appeal. White wine has traditionally failed to excel, but with foreign expertise and investment it has improved immeasurably along with the reds. Torrontés, probably a native of Galicia in Spain, is of particular interest, though the ever adaptable Chardonnay has so far yielded the most impressive results. Argentina is emerging and promises much.

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  1. Gougenheim Sparkling Malbec Rosé, Mendoza

    Gouguenheim Sparkling Malbec Rosé, Mendoza 75cl

    Delicate with red fruits aromas, predominantly of cherries and strawberries. Very fresh in the mouth, soft tones with equilibrated acidity. Small and brillant bubbles.

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  2. Escondido Torrontès, Mendoza, 2014

    Escondido Torrontès, Mendoza, 2014 75cl

    A beautiful light golden colour, this wine is highly aromatic with a strong floral character on the nose. Stone fruit characteristics come to the fore on the palate, with some more floral notes present on a crisp finish.

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  3. Fantasia Torrentés, Argentina,

    Fantasia Torrentés, Argentina, 2016 75cl

    An excellent Torrontes which is pale gold in colour and bursting with exotic aromas of jasmine flowers and tropical fruit. Try this wine with a Thai green curry, honey glazed pork or sushi.

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  4. Gouguenheim Torrontés, Mendoza, 2014

    Gouguenheim Torrontés, Mendoza, 2016 75cl

    The vibrant aroma has generous floral notes which carry through to a palate that brings a splash of stone fruit flavour. The finish is dry with and pleasing, with the floral flavours superbly persistent.

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  5. Las Pampas Chenin Torrentés, Mendoza, 2015

    Las Pampas Chenin Torrontés, Mendoza, 2017 75cl

    A fresh, Fruity and vibrant wine with great aromatic qualities and a slight hint of florality.

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  6. Uvas del Sol Pinot Grigio, Mendoza, 2017

    Uvas del Sol Pinot Grigio, Mendoza, 2017 75cl

    An aromatic and refreshing white wine with notes of peach and melon.

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  7. Escondido Malbec, Mendoza, 2014

    Escondido Malbec, Mendoza, 2017 75cl

    Rich and strong aromas, including scents of ripe fruits, plums, black cherry, black currant, chocolates and violets.

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  8. Gouguenheim Flores Malbec, Mendoza, 2011

    Gouguenheim Flores Malbec, Mendoza, 2013 75cl

    This is what Argentinian Malbec is all about, rich and full with gentle spice and a silky smooth palate. Good fruit concentration brings bags of blackberry fruit with soft red berries coming through on the finish.

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  9. Gouguenheim Pinot Noir, Mendoza, 2015

    Gouguenheim Pinot Noir, Mendoza, 2017 75cl

    Bright ruby red colour, with medium intensity. Intense aromas of raspberries and cherries, with mint notes. Medium body wine, with soft, silky tannins and well balanced acidity.

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  10. Gouguenheim Syrah, Mendoza

    Gouguenheim Syrah, Mendoza, 2014 75cl

    An excellent Syrah from Patricio Gouguenheim who is based in Mendoza. This particular Syrah is aged in Oak arels for 4 months and exhibits aromas of dried black fruits, pepper and earthy notes. The body is medium to full and as is the norm with Patricio's wines the balance is spot on.

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  11. Gouguenheim Bonarda Syrah, Mendoza, 2013

    Gouguenheim Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, 2016 75cl

    A full bodied, fruit driven wine with a strong backbone of blackberry and cassis, mouth covering tannins and a long finish. Best when paired with rich red meat dishes.

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  12. Gouguenheim Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserva, Mendoz

    Gouguenheim Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Mendoza 2013 75cl

    Deep ruby color with purple hints. Classic varietal aromas of black fruits, spices and a hint of vanilla scented oak. A range of layered flavors including chocolate and spice, leading into a long finish.

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