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Mendoza

Argentina is the fifth-largest producer of wine in the world. Three-quarters of this comes from Mendoza, making it one of the most productive wine regions on earth. It outstrips Bordeaux with ease and, ironically, does so with a grape that is native to the great French region but almost extinct there. This is Malbec, and along with Chardonnay, it is spearheading Mendoza's assault on the international scene.

Argentina is the fifth-largest producer of wine in the world. Three-quarters of this comes from Mendoza, making it one of the most productive wine regions on earth. It outstrips Bordeaux with ease and, ironically, does so with a grape that is native to the great French region but almost extinct there. This is Malbec, and along with Chardonnay, it is spearheading Mendoza's assault on the international scene.

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Styles of Wine

Mendoza has established a reputation for rich, robust red wines made approachable by the influence of oak.  The whites have traditionally been light and fragrant, with the Torrontés grape excelling at this style, but the ever willing Chardonnay can be coaxed to greater depths.  Both red and white wines represent excellent value for money, though only the very best, as yet, possess the capacity for ageing.

Key Vines

For red wines, Malbec has almost single-handedly carved out a market for Mendoza in the world market. It has been crucial to Argentina's success and will deservedly remain so. Cabernet Sauvignon has also been a triumph, whilst Merlot, Shiraz, Sangiovese, Bonarda and even Pinot Noir are meeting with exciting results. Chardonnay has found a natural home high up in the foothills of the Andes, and Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Grigio and Viognier are all doing well. It is Torrontés, however, that promises to give Argentina a signature white grape.

Climate and Conditions

The vineyards of Mendoza are closer to Santiago in Chile than they are to Buenos Aires, but they are on the opposite side of the Andes and, aside from the need to channel meltwater for irrigation, conditions are very different.  Without the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean, the Argentinian side of the Andes is much hotter.  Altitude is used to counter this and vineyards are often planted at well over a thousand metres.  This is a trend that continues and significant micro-climates are constantly being discovered at these heights.

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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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Gouguenheim Malbec, Mendoza, 2014

    Gouguenheim Malbec, Mendoza, 2016 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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