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Argentinian Red Wine

We have some truly superb new reds from small family boutique vineyards. The quality of these wines has to be sampled to be believed!

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world and until recently was a large consumer too. However economic crisis and spiralling inflation have helped reduce their domestic consumption. At the same time a shift in political attitudes opened up Argentina's borders and investors from the USA and Europe invested heavily in vineyard and winery projects.

The results were a dramatic improvement in quality and the replanting of some traditional grape varieties with International ones, and the introduction of Argentinian wines onto the International market. Argentinian grapes of note include Torontes for the white and Bonarda and Tannat for the red. They are best known for their excellent reds made from the Malbec grape, which ripens far better in the Argentinian climate than it ever could in it's native France. Argentina lies between the same lines of latitude as South Africa, South Australia and New Zealand and has a similar climate. Add to this glorious sunshine, the cooling effect of the vineyards at altitude in the foothills of the Andes and Argentina has the natural attributes to produce truly world class wines.

Argentina's image has suffered due to the mass produced cheap plonk featured in the supermarkets for the last few years, and the low end wines imported by the big on-trade wholesalers. But don't be fooled, that is much more a reflection on the supermarkets and wholesalers than on Argentina! The quality end of the spectrum in Argentina is right up there amongst the very best in the world. They're able to produce stunning world class wines and at very competitive prices. If you've never tried GOOD Argentine wine before please try a few bottles from our site, and you'll wonder why you didn't do it years ago! Value for money they are currently unbeatable.
 
 
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Cara Sur Bonarda Sebastian Zuccardi 2015 75cl

A superb wine from Sebastian Zuccardi and friends. No awards yet for this vintage but previous vintages have scored 93 points from several top critics, and for me personally this is one of the most exciting wines I've discovered this year. I tasted it at the London Wine Fair and it was the standout wine of the show for me.

It's very small production, only around 2000 bottles! And that is a significant increase on the previous 2014 vintage which was just 600 bottles. Fortunately the Zuccardi family are very successful so they can fund this kind of perfectionist winemaking without needing to make it pay for itself.

Produced at Barreal in Calingasta Valley, Province of San Juan, Mendoza, at 1500 metres. Clearly this is a special vineyard site, planted with 50 year old Bonarda vines, so I'm not surprised it has produced such a superb pure wine.

As our regulars will know, we are all about purity, minimal intervention and absolute minimal additives in our wines. This wine was fermented in concrete eggs, roughly the size of a man, which allow the wine to "be stirred" by the gravitational pull of the moon. We've seen the same system used by Boekenhoutskloof to make their ultimate wine "the Journeyman". It's an expensive technique of course only used by really passionate winemakers seeking to produce exceptional wines. Only the grapes' own natural yeasts were used too.

I didn't make any notes! But it is a beautiful, natural tasting wine, medium bodied and silky smooth. Fruit and pepper, wonderful balance, natural acidity. This is classy winemaking and this wine will keep for decades. But it is already drinking now. It would be fascinating to lay a few cases down and see how it develops over the years.

As this wine is young it is still tight of course so needs aerating or decanting. Give it an hour in a decanter and it opens up and changes quite dramatically, with the fruit showing and the texture becoming velvet-like. It doesn't have huge tannins though so once it peaks enjoy it, rather than leaving to aerate for too long.

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Eral Bravo YBS 2012 75cl

This is the flagship wine from Mattias.

Malbec 64%, Syrah 21%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, 16 months in French oak.



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Eral Bravo Malbec 2012 75cl

Deep ruby in colour with good legs. Full in the mouth but not heavy. Good fruit, silky mouthfeel, nice and smooth with a long finish.



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Ojo Puro Malbec Grape Selection 2012 75cl

This is the top wine from Dieter Meier - please don't confuse it with his others available through several internet retailers. This is the one with the black label and blue stripe, and is only available retail in the UK through us. You will of course find it in the fine wine section at Gaucho Restaurants. It is so rare that it isn't even on Dieter's website as he only makes a few hundred bottles0 He is busy making other wines of course and farming his organic beef..

The grapes are organically farmed, hand picked and then hand sorted so only the very best are used for this wine. They are soft pressed to extract only the free run juice then fermented in first fill French oak barrels.

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Angulo Innocenti Malbec 2013 75cl

A small family winery in La Consulta, Uco Valley, Mendoza. Pedro Angulo moved to Argentina from the Basque country in the 19th century where he met and married Angel Innocenti, an immigrant from Tuscany. They married and started farming grapes. The winery is still going today operated by their great grandchildren Mariano and Maria Innocenti.

Deep ruby in colour. Red fruit on the nose, with subtle legs. Big typical Malbec flavours of red fruits and spice with subtle oak on the finish. It's on the sweeter side having so much natural sugar in the grapes. Smooth and medium bodied. It's not a big hitter like so many Argentine Malbecs, more of a food wine.



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Passionate Malbon 2011 75cl

95 Points eRobert Parker.

An emerging new winery from Matias Michelini, one of Argentina's most exciting new winemakers. Matias gained his winemaking expertise working for some of the biggest names in Argentine winemaking including Finca Sophenia, Luigi Bosca and Doña Paula . His vineyards are also in Argentina's permier location - Tupungato in the Valle de Uco, Mendoza, so you know this wine is going to be good!

It's a blend of Malbec and Bonarda from old vines, all farmed biodynamically. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented with natural yeasts. The wine is then aged for 20 months in old French oak to impart subtle flavours, and bottled unfiltered to retain maximum flavour.

Only 1500 bottles produced, and packed in wooden cases of only 3 bottles.

95 Points from Parker is exceptional praise. Jane and I loved this wine when tasted a few weeks ago. I'll retaste it and post my tasting notes as soon as I can. Feedback received from one of our regular customers who buys all our top reds was that it is the best wine he has ever tasted! High praise!

Apologies for image - an empty bottle was used for this publicity photo. The wine is of course deep red in colour, not white!

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Bodega Aniello Pinot Noir 2014 75cl

Bodega Aniello is a fantastic new winery on the Rio Negro in Patagonia, crafting delicious, quality wines. Although the business is new, their first vineyard named "006" was planted back in 1998 so the vines are producing mature fruit. Bodega Aniello is a small group of people with Italian heritage, passionate about showing off Patagonia's natural talent for quality wine.

All grapes are hand harvested. This Pinot Noir is very good indeed. Good Pinot from Argentina is not common, but Aniello have produced a fantastic wine here, and at a great price. Soft with plenty of red fruit balanced by some minerality. I was very impressed by this wine and would encourage any Pinot Noir fans to give it a go.

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Bodega Aniello Merlot 2014 75cl

Bodega Aniello is a fantastic new winery on the Rio Negro in Patagonia, crafting delicious, quality wines. Although the business is new, their first vineyard named "006" was planted back in 1998 so the vines are producing mature fruit. Bodega Aniello is a small group of people with Italian heritage, passionate about showing off Patagonia's natural talent for quality wine.

All grapes are hand harvested and fermented in small concrete tanks. 30% is then oak aged.

Both these wines are very good, and no doubt the Malbec will be the biggest seller, but this Merlot is fantastic - please give it a try!

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Bodega Aniello Malbec 2014 75cl

Bodega Aniello is a fantastic new winery on the Rio Negro in Patagonia, crafting delicious, quality wines. Although the business is new, their first vineyard named "006" was planted back in 1998 so the vines are producing mature fruit. Bodega Aniello is a small group of people with Italian heritage, passionate about showing off Patagonia's natural talent for quality wine.

All grapes are hand harvested and fermented in small concrete tanks. 30% is then oak aged.

Both these wines are very good.

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Bodegas Y Vinedos Mauricio Lorca

Mauricio Lorca is one of Argentina's (and all South America's) best winemakers. He has been head winemaker at the highly successful Enrique Foster winery for many years, and also has his own winery and vineyards in Vista Flores (Uco Valley, Mendoza), renowned as one of the best vineyard sites in all Argentina. On top of this he is also consultant winemaker for a host of other wineries.

Mauricio is certainly one of the most able and talented winemakers in Argentina and he is now producing some exceptional wines under his own label (as well as for Enrique Foster). His vineyards are ideally sited, and at altitude (like nearly all of Argentina) with a fantastic microclimate of sunshine, variation between night and day temperatures, minimal frost or hail, with snow melt from the Andes bringing down minerals for the vines. He utilises low planting density in his vineyards to produce concentrated wines, fermenting in concrete tanks allowing him to produce exceptional unwooded wines for his Opalo range. Mauricio is famous for his bold style of non use of oak allowing the purity of the fruit to shine, a method very few producers are brave enough to adopt as any faults can't then be hidden by oaking!

But he isn't against oaking wines, far from it in fact, as he uses French oak barriques for aging his Poetico range, and for adding a little oak to his Fantasia range.

Look out for Mauricio's stunning Enrique Foster Limited Edition Malbec 2006 below (at the end of his "Lorca" branded wines).

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Bodegas Y Vinedos Mauricio Lorca Inspirado 2008 75cl

Robert Parker 94 Points

Mauricio Lorca is one of Argentina's best winemakers. He has been head winemaker at Enrique Foster for some years and now also produces some exceptional wines under his own brand. This Inspirado is a new wine for him and represents the pinnacle of his winemaking talents.

His vineyards are in Vista Flores, Uco Valley Mendoza - regarded by many as the best vineyard area in all Argentina. The vines are all low yielding to provide optimum quality fruit.

It's a blend with 40% Syrah, 30% Malbec, 20% Cabernet and 10% Petit Verdot. Most top Argentine blends are Malbec dominated so this is something both unusual and special. It's a huge decadent wine with rich intense dark fruit flavours. Well integrated mouth coating tannins with full body and balanced acidity, very smooth and a really long finish. Like liquid velvet.

Mauricio has produced a superb wine here - so good that we've bought all that was imported to the UK! He's only made a few hundred bottles so demand will obviously outstrip supply - it isn't even on his website. It's already drinking superbly but will age for many years to come if you wish to lay some down.

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Mauricio Lorca Gran Poetico Blend 2008 75cl
Robert Parker 93 Points for 2007

One of Mauricio's top wines. A big powerful blend of predominantly Malbec with Syrah and Petit Verdot. Silky smooth, big fruit with black cherry and dark chocolate, aged in French oak for 12 months.

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Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 75cl
Mauricio Lorca Fantasia range are a great introduction to the quality of modern Aegentine wines. This Cabernet Sauvignon shows purity of fruit with slight earthy mineral notes, making it ideal to enjoy with food.

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Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Malbec 2014 75cl
Mauricio Lorca Fantasia range are a great introduction to the quality of modern Argentine wines. 30% of the Malbec was oaked for complexity and a bit of body, the rest is unoaked for purity of fruit. Big cherry flavours with a little spice. Great value for everyday drinking at this price.

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Enrique Foster Limited Edition Malbec 2007/8 75cl

Mauricio Lorca made this wine for Enrique Foster, a limited edition individually numbered wine made from handpicked grapes from old vines. Aged in French oak for 15 months then a further 8 months in bottle prior to release.

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Bodegas El Porvenir

We are delighted to have discovered this superb multi award winning winery in our recent tastings. Bodegas El Porvenir de los Andes is a small, family owned and run winery which produces very limited quantities of stunning top quality wines. Their vineyards are located in the Cafayate Valley in the far north of Argentina, where the unique mesoclimate, combined with ideal soils, is suited to producing grapes of optimum quality. Add to this a state of the art winery and a commitment to excellence that only a small devoted producer can offer and the result is wines that can rival any in the world

Pictured is Managing Director, Lucia Romero, no doubt enjoying her work!

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Bodegas El Porvenir - PORVENIR 2013 75cl

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This is the flagship wine from El Porvenir, a blend of Cabernet, Malbec, Syrah and Tannat. Only 8500 bottles produced. I'm a huge fan of El Porvenir - they're Laborum wines are stunning, and this is even better. It's a big, powerful wine but also structured and refined. El Porvenir is the highest quality winery in the world, and that altitude lends certain characteristics to the wines which make them some of the very best in Argentina. The altitude produces wines with sweet tannins and good body with plenty of acidity which is essential for making top quality balanced wines. The soil also contains greater mineral and salt content which influences the wine's flavour. It's a superb wine, with big fruit flavours, sweet tannins, backbone and structure. It's full in the mouth and wonderfully smooth with great overall balance - new to the UK market. Fantastic wine!

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Bodegas El Porvenir Amauta II Cabernet Merlot 2013 75cl

MZA Hyatt Award - Gold Medal for the 06

60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot, with 6 to 8 months in French oak. Stunning wine, it sells out so fast it's not even featured on their website. Highly recommended. Big fruit flavours, full in the mouth with an almost velvety mouth feel and a really long finish. Superbly balanced, with good acidity making it an ideal wine to enjoy with food. However I believe it's so good I just want to savour it on it's own. Jane said simply 'it's the best wine she's drunk for ages'. High praise indeed!

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Bodegas El Porvenir Amauta III Cabernet Malbec 2014 75cl

Another stunning wine from El Porvenir. I first tasted the 2006 version of this wine and had to wait a year for it's arrival in the UK. I'm a huge fan of all the El Porvenir wines, and the Amauta II Cabernet Merlot blend has always been both a favourite of mine and a benchmark to judge other quality Argentine wines against - although not many stood up to it. This Cab Malbec is fantastic. It's a full, powerful wine, supremely smooth with superb balance and length. 6 months in French oak. Give it a try, it is delicious!

I will be tasting this newly arrived 2014 and posting my tasting notes shortly.

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Bodegas El Porvenir Laborum Tannat 2007/9 75cl

Only 6576 bottles produced. What a beautiful wine! Tannat is originally from France but has now been successfully adopted by Argentina and Uruguay, producing some great full bodied powerful wines. Made from grapes from two vineyards of 35 year old vines and two of 10 year old. Low yielding, hand harvested grapes are vinified then aged in French and American oak for 10 to 12 months. The wine is big with intense flavour, slightly spicy, well structured with balanced acidity and sweet but firm tannins. As it's still young, it really benefits from being left to breathe. It needs 30 minutes but improves dramatically if you can leave it for 60 or even 90 minutes. Similar in style to an Amarone, but a little lighter, it's delicious with food. This wine is beautiful.

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Bodegas El Porvenir Laborum Malbec 2014 75cl

Tim Aitkin 94 Points, 2014 for the 2012 vintage.

Sensational wine - in my opinion one of Argentina's best Malbecs! Pure fruit expression with superb balance and length. Indulge yourself.

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Bodegas El Porvenir Laborum Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 75cl

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Sensational wine. Deep ruby in colour. The nose is very enticing, with strong fruit aromas. Huge, smooth fruit on the palate with initial cherry flavours and a silky smooth mouth feel. This wine's mature tannins are very well balanced with the fruit and acidity. Great length too, it just lasts and lasts. We recently tried this wine with some friends and opened this bottle first - fatal mistake. Nothing we opened after could come close in quality, and we had some pretty good wines. It reopens the classic debate - do you drink your best wine first while still fresh and sober? Or do you save the best till last, risking being a bit too fuzzy to fully appreciate it? However you choose to do it, this wine is amongst the very best to come out of Argentina. Superb!

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Atamisque Assemblage 2007/11 75cl

A superb Bordeaux blend from Tupungato in the Uco Valley in Mendoza. This is the flagship wine of the estate and consists of 50% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. The winery was designed on a gravity system to avoid the use of pumps. The grapes from the low yielding vines were hand harvested into small boxes to avoid damage then underwent a rigorous selection at the winery. The wine was subsequently aged for 14 months in new French oak. It's a full flavoured, elegant wine, very smooth with a very long finish.

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Atamisque Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 75cl

Atamisque Cabernet Sauvignon is yet another stunning wine from this superb winery. The grapes are from old vines (over 50 years) in a premium vineyard location at Vistaflores, over 1000 metres above sea level. Atamisque keep yields low and hand pick all the grapes into small 18kg boxes to avoid damaging them. They're then rigorously sorted at the winery, firstly by cluster then by individual grape to ensure only top quality fruit is used. Their winery was designed and built on a gravity feed system to avoid the use of pumps.

The grapes were fermented in stainless steel under temperature control, then transferred to new French oak for 14 months where a natural malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was botted then aged for a further 12 months prior to release.

It's a fantastic wine with a huge concentration of fruit, flavours of red fruits, dark chocolate and vanilla from the wood. It's full bodied, well structured with firm tannins. It's delicious now but will improve in bottle for years to come.

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Atamisque Malbec 2013 75cl

Floral on the nose. Dark opaque plumb colour with big legs sticking to the side of the glass. Assorted black fruit flavours with vanilla and a very long, dry finish. Full in the mouth and velvet smooth. Hand picked grapes from high altitude vineyards (1100m above seal level) The wine is aged for 14 months in new French oak..

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Mendel Unus 2011 75cl

Robert Parker - 93 Points for the 2011 and 92 Points for the 2009

Mendel is a boutique winery in the Lujan de Cuyo sub district of Mendoza. They produce exceptional hand crafted wines from old vines at an altitude of 1000 metres. Virtually everything is done by hand from bunch sorting the grapes, to low volume fermentation in small tanks followed by ageing in French oak. A superb wine, yet again, made from 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in French oak for 16 months. Big, powerful fruit with black cherry and plum flavours, followed by dark chocolate. It's a meaty, powerful wine but also elegant and finely structured, very smooth with great overall balance. Very long finish. This wine really benefits from breathing - or preferably decanting and leaving for an hour before drinking, as it really opens up. Have it with food ideally, preferably roast meats.

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Bodega Benegas

The El Trapiche vineyard was established by Tiburcio Benegas back in the late 1800s when he brought the first French vine stock to Argentina. He was Governor of Mendoza at the time, when he also borrowed five million pesos to establish the bank of Mendoza. From this financial base he set about expanding the vineyards with dams and irrigation, which led to the creation of the Mendoza wine industry, widely regarded as the best and most prestigious in all Argentina. Tiburcio's aim was to produce wine of the highest quality, and for this he returned to Bordeaux to source French oak casks and equipment, and to further his knowledge and bring back French oenologists with him. Tiburcio's sons continued expanding the Trapiche winery which was regarded as the best in Argentina for the first 70 years of the 20th century.

The enterprise grew and was eventually split up and sold off. In 1998 Federico J Benegas Lynch resumed the family tradition of wine making at the 40 hectare Finca Libertad vineyard, the best of the family's original vineyards with the old French vine stock. He's restored the old winery building and is now making sensational wines to rival and surpass those of his father and grandfather.

Federico and his lovely wife, Carmen, are driven by a passion to produce the best wine possible. Jane and I really hit it off with them as they recognised our passion for good wine, and our appreciation for the superb wines they're producing. Steven Spurrier is a big fan and Robert Parker has asked if he can come and see them, which is already a remarkable achievement. I highly recommend these wines.
 
 

Benegas Lynch Malbec 2013 75cl

The 2012 was awarded Double Gold at the China Wine & Spirit Awards

A new wine for Federico, and the 2013 is the first vintage brought into the UK. Many of you will know just how good his Meritage and Cabernet Franc are - well he has released this single vineyard Malbec as part of the same flagship range.

Fermented in first fill French oak where it remained for 18 months, with a further year in bottle prior to release. Tasting notes to follow asap.

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Benegas Lynch Meritage 2008 75cl

Quite simply one of Argentina's finest wines. A top Bordeaux blend to rival the very best from France.



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Benegas Lynch Cabernet Franc 2006 75cl

August 2009 - Jancis Robinson has just declared this wine to be 'truly excellent' and one of her top 10 super premium Argentine reds! We don't always share the same opinions but she's definitely got it right this time.

Robert Parker 90 Points

15% abv.This is an incredible wine, made from vines over 80 years old, aged in new French oak. These are the oldest vineyards at Finca Libertad and Federico only makes a tiny quantity of this beautiful wine - 2000 bottles annually. Both Parker and Spurrier give it high praise indeed, and I'm sure there's quite a few envious Borderlaise who wish they could produce wine of this standard. The wine is deep ruby in colour, full flavoured and tremendously smooth with mature tannins. Very very long. Quite simply it's one of the best wines I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Drinking superbly already but will keep (improving?) for years to come. If you're looking for a really good wine to splash out on and treat yourself to, I highly recommend you try a bottle!

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Benegas Finca Libertad 2009 75cl

This is the top wine in Federico's "super premium range" consisting of a blend of one third each Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grapes were fermented separately and matured in barrel for 8 to 10 months before blending then returning to barrel to age for a further 6 to 8 months. Tasting notes to follow asap.



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Riglos Gran Malbec 2012 75cl

Previous vintages achieved Top 100 Wine with 92 points - Wine Enthusiast, November 2011. Gold List, Sommelier Wine Awards 2010. Commended, International Wine Challenge 2010 for the 2008 - this 2012 has just arrived

Riglos is a new venture, a group of talented winemakers who got together to produce ultra premium wines. Their vineyards are in the Uco Valley, Mendoza.

Any of you who tried the Riglos Gran Corte will know just how good it is. Personally I preferred the 2008 to the 2009 as it was more Malbec dominated (and less Cabernet). Well this wine is the Gran Malbec 2008 which made up the majority of the Gran Corte Blend 2008, so as expected it's absolutely wonderful. My hurried tasting notes from the recent Specialist Importers Trade tasting say "massive, smooth, superb!". There's bags of black fruit flavours with plum and some dark chocolate. It's super smooth with soft tannins and a velvet mouthfeel. A little perfume and spice on the really long finish - not as dry as the Gran Corte 2009, much more "Malbec" in style (unsurprisingly!). It's a beautifully balanced wine with good acidity cleansing the palate, giving the complete drinking experience.

This is a great wine! Please note the awards were for when it was considerably younger, it is already benefitting from a little bottle age and will continue to develop and improve for years to come.

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Riglos Gran Corte 2012 75cl

Tim Atkin 95 points

Decanter 18.25/20

2010 - Wine Enthusiast 96 Points.

2009 was awarded Wine Enthusiast's "Best Wine of 2012" globally!

2008 was one of the Top 10 South American Wines 2012, Wine Enthusiast 93 Points and Editor's Choice.

Riglos is a new venture, a group of talented winemakers who got together to produce ultra premium wines. Their vineyards are in the Uco Valley, Mendoza.

This Gran Corte is their top wine and it blew me away - it is something very special.

It's a blend of 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc aged in new French oak for 21 months.

We've got some stunning wines from Argentina such as Eral Bravo YBS, Susana Balbo Nosotros, Porvenir, Mauricio Lorca Inspirado and Benegas Lynch Meritage, and this wine is right up there amongst them.

Extremely limited of course.

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Riglos Gran Cabernet Sauvignon 2010/11 75cl

Yet another fantastic wine from Riglos.

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Riglos Gran Cabernet Franc 2011 75cl

93 Points, Tim Atkin's Argentina Report 2014 (2011 vintage)

17.5+/20, Jancisrobinson.com, January 2014 (2011 vintage)

I love the wines from Riglos. This Cabernet Franc is yet another great wine, big dark and brooding. Deep purple in colour with an inky consistency, more Petit Verdot than Cab Franc. Huge flavour, velvety smooth and a very long finish. 22 months in French oak. This is not a shrinking violet!

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Bodega NQN Patagonia

This is a remarkable state of the art winery built into a hill at Neuquen, Patagonia, roughly in the centre of Argentina, on the western edge, in the foothills of the Andes bordering Chile. Their wines are excellent.

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NQN Malma Colleccion Blend 2005 75cl

Jancis Robinson 15/20

50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Strong aromas of dark chocolate on the nose. We thought it was going to be superb as we're big fans of these NQN wines and the Colleccion Malbec is something quite special. There was good fruit initially although after ten minutes or so we started questioning our own pallates as it wasn't as big as we'd expected. We taste a lot of very good wines and are a little harsh in our judging sometimes. It was clearly designed to be a smooth, accomplished blend, not the big powerful punchy style of their Malbecs, and it does this very well. It was a decent drop but when I'm spending this kind of money I want a big wine that will knock my socks off, so here I would recommend their Colleccion Malbec. But if you prefer something a little more mellow and refined then I'd recommend the Blend.

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Dominio del Plata

Dominio del Plata is a family-owned and run project of Susana Balbo (Enologist) and Pedro Marchevsky (Viticulturist). Susana's famous for her wines and spends September each year in a different country increasing her knowledge and experience. This is a new state of the art winery set up in 2001 producing some excellent wines, and managed sensitively with the focus on sustainable agriculture.

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Susana Balbo Signature Malbec 2012 75cl

James Suckling 93 Points (July 2014)

Stephen Tanzer 91+ Points

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Susana Balbo Dominio del Plata Benmarco Malbec 2013 75cl

Argentine Wine Awards 2016 - Trophy & 95 Points

Tim Aitkin 91 Points (judged 2015)

Previous vintages awarded:

93 Points Tastings.com

93 Points, Gold Medal and "Best Buy" Beverage Tasting Institute

92 Points Descorchado's

Stephen Tanzer's Winophilia "screaming value"

95% Malbec with 5% Bonarda.

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Susana Balbo Nosotros Sofita 2010 75cl

95 Points - James Suckling

A stunning new "Nosotros" from Susana. I tasted it with her last week and it was just beautiful - mind you it needs to be at this price! Only 1044 bottles produced.

This Sofita is a blend of 70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. If there is a better wine in all Argentina I'm yet to find it!

Image is still the old Nosotros as there are no images yet, but new label is even better, similar in style but with some colour.

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Susana Balbo Nosotros Malbec 2011 75cl

The 2008 was awarded Robert Parker Wine Advocate 94 Points

2007 was awarded Robert Parker Wine Advocate 93 Points, Steven Tanzer 92 Points.

Nosotros is perhaps Argentina's ultimate wine, a joint venture from Susana Balbo and Pedro Marchevsky. 100% Malbec. Very deep purple in colour with strong liquorice on the nose. Incredible concentration of fruit, supremely balanced with palate cleansing acidity and superb length. Exceptionally limited.

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Susana Balbo Brioso 2013 75cl

2013 vintage just landed - 93 / 100 Tom Cannavan's WinePages.Com

Previous Awards

James Suckling 93 Points (July 2014) for the 2010

Stephen Tanzer 93 Points

Tim Atkin 92 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 90 Points

Descorchado's 93 Points

This is Susanna's signature wine. As she explains on the back label, she's been making wines at her family's winery in Argentina and at various other wineries around the world for 25 years. Susanna is proud to offer this wine under her own name as the very best wine she can produce. It's a classic Bordeaux blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, all grown at high altitude and subsequently aged in French oak. Stunning wine. Big fruit flavours with initial vanilla and pepper balanced with big alcohol. Full bodied, smooth and very long. Left to breathe for half an hour, the wine opens up beautifully. Ideal with food or equally delicious to savour on it's own. Susanna is right to be proud of this one.

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Susana Balbo Dominio del Plata Benmarco Expresivo 2012 75cl

91 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate for 2011

Susana developed the Benmarco brand to be a range of wines produced with minimal intervention, to show off the purity of fruit that the ideal Mendoza growing conditions are capable of producing. This Expresivo is the ultimate wine in the range, a blend of Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat and Petit Verdot! No wonder it has a huge variety of flavours from black cherries, red fruits, chocolate, vanilla and some spices like cocoa and nutmeg. It's a powerful wine, full bodied with good fruit and spice. There's noticeable well integrated oak, and the whole wine is put together beautifully. Very very long on the finish too.

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Susana Balbo Dominio del Plata Benmarco Pinot Noir 2012 75cl

As our regulars will know we love Susana's wines. Well, here she has created something wonderful, something of a first in Mendoza.

Until now good Argentine Pinot Noir only came from further south in Patagonia. But Susana has pioneered a superb wine here. She fermented the Pinot Noir with 5% Viognier (white grape of course). The resultant wine is delicious, soft and silky smooth with red fruit flavours. Elegant and sophisticated not the sweet and "jammy" style that is associated with South American Pinots. Full and round in the mouth but not heavy, this wine has been enhanced by subtle oak ageing too. It is lovely and incidentally would be perfect with turkey!

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Susana Balbo Dominio del Plata Benmarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 75cl

91 Points and "Best Cabernet Sauvignon" Descorchado's

Susana developed the Benmarco brand to be a range of wines produced with minimal intervention, to show off the purity of fruit that the ideal Mendoza growing conditions are capable of producing.

Yet another stunning wine from Susana. Mendoza is producing some great Cabernet these days, as well as the Malbec it is famous for. This wine is 90% Cabernet with 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. There's huge fruit on the palate with sweet oak and mouth coating tannins. This is a big wine with power and elegance combined. Great stuff!

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Susana Balbo Crios Limited Edition Blend 2012 75cl

Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 - Silver Medal

90 Points Decanter

90 Points Descorchado's

89 Points Tim Atkin

89 Points Stephen Tanzer

Delicious blend of Malbec, Bonarda, Tannat and Syrah, aged for 8 months in French oak.

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Susana Balbo Crios Pinot Noir 2012/14 75cl

A really good high altitude Pinot from Susana. Medium bodied with plenty of red fruit flavours tempered by noticeable but integrated oak. A great wine for chicken, pork or duck, or just to enjoy on it's own. I actually drank this outside on the deck once the sun had gone in and didn't realise just how cold it had become, hence I was drinking the wine "chilled" and it was still full of flavour!

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Tapiz
Tapiz is a fantastic state of the art winery producing superb wines at great value prices. They are dedicated to sustainable practises and have recently been certified GLOBAL G.A.P (a global partnership for Good Agricultural Practise). They have vineyards in Mendoza and also further afield even as far as Salta in the far north. If you're new to Argentine wine these are a great introduction, with plenty of really good quality, award winning wines.

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Tapiz Malbec Riserva 2012 75cl

The grapes are sourced from two vineyards, Tupungato and La Consulta, both at altitude over 1000 metres. It's a big powerful wine with plenty of strong black fruit flavours and noticeable alcohol. Very smooth with soft, mature tannins and a dry finish. It's a very good wine.

The photo is actually the Barricas Riserva but presentation is virtually identical.

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Tapiz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012/13 75cl

This wine is fantastic! We tatsted the 2012 back in September of last year at the Beautiful South tasting as, although we've stocked Tapiz wines for years, the importers hadn't brought the Cab in before.

Despite being modestly priced I thought it was one of the best wines at the show. I immediately ordered what little stock was in the UK but this all sold to local regular customers before I could put it on the website, as we have a great following for Tapiz wines locally.

Last bottle in stock.

Image is the malbec but presentation is identical.

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Tapiz Malbec 2014 75cl

Wine Access International Value Awards - Category Champion Best Malbec for the 2011 and awarded 91 Points for the by renowned California wine writer and competition judge Wilfred Wong. Decanter Wine Awards Gold Medal 2010 for the 2009 vintage

This is a delicious Malbec with typical powerful fruit, smooth and lingering. Ideal for everyday drinking at this price. Tapiz are one of the most exciting wine makers in Argentina producing some excellent wines.

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Don Manuel Villafane Gran Reserva Icono 2011 75cl

Beautiful wine at a great price, the flagship wine from Don Manuel Villafane. It's a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from 90 year old vines, aged in new French oak for 18 months. It's elegant and sophisticated rather than powerful, with persistent fruit flavours and great overall balance.

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Don Manuel Villafane Reserva Malbec 2013 75cl

Good quality Malbec at a great price.

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El Guardado Blend 2009 75cl

Robert Parker 88 Points

Reduced to clear.

The premium wine from this superb winery. It's made in a lighter style than we expected, more Chilean than traditional Argentine. It's ruby in colour with flavours of raspberry, cherry and strong vanilla. Medium bodied and smooth. It is very good if you like this style. Personally I tend to go for the heavy weights from Argentina but it was very refreshing to enjoy a lighter wine, which I think will appeal to many.

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Espiritu de Argentina Bonarda 2014 75cl

Espiritu de Argentina is a joint venture between Aresti of Chile - a winery who we also represent who produce excellent affordable wines - and Finca Agostino. These wines are fruit driven, easy drinking in style, and excellent value for money.

Bonarda, although not well known over here, has great success in Argentina as it needs a significant difference between night and day time temperatures to flourish. There's a strong nose of raspberry. Plenty of raspberry and cherry flavour on the palate with some nicely integrated oak (5 months). It's fairly light in body, very easy drinking, and all round a very pleasant affordable wine. If you enjoy Chilean oaked Pinot Noir you'll like this!

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