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El Camino – the King’s Highway – threads mythically through the foothills of the majestic Andes among vineyards famed the world over for the purity of their growing conditions.
A well-balanced wine with inviting aromas of plum jam, through to a fresh juicy palate and a rich smoky finish.
Situated between the City of Mendoza and Chile, the Sottano winery has the Andes as a backdrop and is known for growing the most high end grapes in the region. This malbec has complex flavours of ripe red frutis, chocolate and vanilla brought together through good structure and velvety tannins.
Brand new in from Mauricio Lorca – a perfect example, showing that Argentina has much more to offer than Malbec. This 100% Bonarda from Vista Flores in Mendoza has an abundance of fresh red fruit character; cherry, raspberry, redcurrant and cranberry. Along with good structure, soft tannins and a long finish. Wonderfully delicious on its own, but pairs really well with lean meats, red meats and dishes with creamy sauces.
A really good winemaker like Mauricio Lorca sometimes dots the i’s and crosses the t’s with a little touch of something else. In this case Mauricio has used a little Syrah – powerful, spicy, dark Syrah – to inject a little extra pizzazz into this already very attractive Malbec. The key to the wine’s huge appeal is, like many good things in life, its simplicity and honesty. Simple, juicy, fresh and delicious; what’s not to like?
This is a gorgeous little Torrontés, plenty of that sublime exotic character – jasmine scent and lychees – but superb acid structure making it really zesty and lively. Winemaker, Mauricio Lorca picks approximately 10% of the fruit a little early in order to achieve this refreshing style.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Mauricio Lorca’s own vineyards in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley, 30% of which is lightly oaked. High density, high vertical vine training, just under 7,000 vines per hectare, approximately 2 bottles of wine per plant, this is the Fantasia philosophy.
Dark, brooding colour; a most intense nose reminiscent of black wine gums, sweet black plums and blueberry pie; the palate is softness itself, very smooth tannins and an impressive finish with hints of tobacco leaf and fresh mint.
Torrontés is Argentina’s signature white grape; this crisp and refreshing Torrontés is a classic example. The nose has fresh and inviting aromas of rose, white peach and citrus. On the palate it is refreshing and full of flavour.
This wine, which is typically light in colour due to the pinkish colouerd skins, has the potential to blow your mind. Or, at the very least, introduce you a completely ‘new’ grape variety. It looks light but it packs a delicious punch with raunchy acidity and playful, quite pronounced tannins, almost like biting into a delicious red apple. The nose is lovely, almost exotic with charming floral notes, a subtle whiff of Turkish delight and ripe summer fruits.
From Vista Flores, an area of the Uco Valley that is hard to beat for top notch Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep and dark in the glass with gorgeous aromas of ripe blackcurrants, violets, dried fruits, coffee and tobacco leaf. Seriously intense on the palate, extremely well balanced and a happy cellar resident for 6 – 8 years for those who are so inclined.
Surely one of the best Cabernet Sauvignons in Argentina. Riglos is a single-estate, high elevation specialist from Valle de Uco, Mendoza. The proximity to the Andes Mountains and high elevation creates sunny, cool growing conditions, the resulting, excellently-structured wines carry layers of fruit and herbal aromatics highlighted by lithe minerality and polished tannins.
Grapes are only ever from De Angeles’ one small vineyard – ‘Viña 1924 Parcel 3’ – and the age of the vines partly explains the stunning concentration here. Deep ruby red in colour, lovely aromas of plums and sweet red berries, silky-textured in the mouth with incredible length. Elegant yet intense, fresh, complex, superbly balanced and, best of all, very moreish.
This Tinto is actually 100% Bonarda grown at 1,500 metres above sea level at the Maggio Estate vineyard in Calingasta, where the vines are more than 50 years old and look more like small tress than vines. The wine is black in appearance. The nose offers dense meaty notes at first, almost Bovril like, then gives way to a wave of herbaceousness and sweet black fruits. Muscular in texture, this is a chewy, rich red wine with fantastic concentration and amazing length; a wine that people are already talking about as being arguably the best, most honest and impressive ‘Bonarda’ in Argentina. As with all the Cara Sur wines, production is tiny. This is by far the biggest volume wine with a total run of 4,500 bottles!
Demente by name, demented by nature. Talk about pushing the envelope? A blend of 55% Malbec and 45% Cab Franc from eight separate vineyards with forty days between the first and last pick. This is a wine with layer upon layer of character and complexity, amazing lemony notes on the nose with herbs and dried flowers. Very dark in colour, nervy and tense in the best possible sense on the palate.
Incredible wine! Great complexity and aromatic intensity, notes of cherries, spices, tobacco, cassis, white pepper, and cloves with touches of mint and chocolate. Good structure and acidity, velvety and sweet tannins. Full bodied in the mouth with a long and persistent finish.