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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. Gouguenheim Chardonnay, Mendoza, 2014

    Gouguenheim Chardonnay, Mendoza, 2015 75cl

    Vibrant bright yellow colour with green hints. Highly aromatic wine, with notes of green apple, pear and tropical fruits. Rich style Chardonnay. Crisp style with very moderated oak influence.

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  4. Gouguenheim Torrontés, Mendoza, 2014

    Gouguenheim Torrontés, Mendoza, 2015 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, 2015 75cl

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

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  6. Select Pampas del Sur Chardonnay Torrontes, Mendoza, 2014

    Select Pampas del Sur Chardonnay Torrontes, Mendoza, 2014 75cl

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    A delicate, crisp wine with tropical fruit flavours and a honey aroma.

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  7. Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2010

    Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2010 75cl

    Intense and deep colour hints at the richness to come, with the nose packed full of raspberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant. The nose finishes with a hint of leather and black pepper, leading nicely into a rich, complex palate that has silky tannin and a bit more spice. One of its amazing characteristics is that it retains a great freshness through to a finish that is classy and persistent.

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  8. Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2011

    Cheval des Andes, Mendoza, 2011 75cl

    Intense and deep colour hints at the richness to come, with the nose packed full of raspberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant. The nose finishes with a hint of leather and black pepper, leading nicely into a rich, complex palate that has silky tannin and a bit more spice. One of its amazing characteristics is that it retains a great freshness through to a finish that is classy and persistent.

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  9. Escondido Malbec, Mendoza, 2014

    Escondido Malbec, Mendoza, 2016 75cl

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

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  10. Gouguenheim Flores Malbec, Mendoza, 2011

    Gouguenheim Flores Malbec, Mendoza, 2012 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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  11. Gouguenheim Malbec, Mendoza, 2014

    Gouguenheim Malbec, Mendoza, 2015 75cl

    Rich and strong aromas, including scents of ripe fruits, plums, black cherry, black currant, chocolates and violets. Well balanced acidity and a long finish. Good structure with soft tannins.

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  12. Gouguenheim Pinot Noir, Mendoza, 2015

    Gouguenheim Pinot Noir, Mendoza, 2015 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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