Ever since New World wines started to become popular in the 1980s, wine producing nations have attempted to gain traction in the global market place by developing signature grape varieties and wine styles. Prominent examples of this are New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Californian White Zinfandel and Argentinean Malbec.Read More
Whilst this has been extremely successful in a number of cases, it is also true that after a while the consumer tends to get bored of a certain style of wine. This makes it necessary for wine makers to back up these signature wines with other offerings in order to keep the wine drinking public engaged and interested.
Anyone who has been into our shop, or to one of our tastings, will know that we are big fans of Mendoza wine maker Patricio Gouguenhiem. Whilst Patricio really bangs the drum for Mendoza Malbec (producing no less than four wines with the variety!) he supplements these with a range of exceptional wines consisting of both classic Bordeaux varieties and grapes which are rarely found outside South America.
In this month's case we've decided to go for his Cabernet Sauvingon. Whilst the foot hills of the Andes mountain range is most famous for Malbec production, the climatic conditions here are actually perfect for the production of Cabernet. Due to the high altitude and cool temperature of the vineyards, the grapes take a long time to reach the required levels of sugar ripeness. This allows time for the flavour of the grapes to fully mature, resulting in a highly aromatic and well structured wine.