Argentina

Argentinian Red Wines

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world and top Argentinian red wine is right up there with the best from the old world. Like many new world wine regions, Argentina has undergone a renaissance in winemaking with many boutique wineries emerging over the last decade or so. Argenitna is blessed with a fantastic and consistent climate, so these new wineries were able to identify specific sites to get the very best from their new plantings.

Mendoza is by far the largest production area, producing some excellent wines with truly outstanding ones coming from the specific higher altitude valleys such as Vista Flores or Tupungato in the Uco Valley. Many great producers are based in Mendoza such as Susana Balbo's Dominio del Plata, Benegas Lynch, Mauricio Lorca and Tapiz, with tiny artisan producers in the Uco Valley such as Atamisque making tiny production handcrafted wines.

In the south you have Patagonia - still at high altitude by most regions's standards but there are lower lying vineyards here in lush fertile valleys, where the clean air and icewater melt help produce wines of great individuality such as those from Aniello. In the far north you have the moon like landscape of Salta where the minerals lend the wines certain qualities and the strong sunshine gives the grapes amazing sugar levels - the wines from El Porvenir de Los Andes are just superb. El Porvenir is regarded as the highest quality winery in the world, and they make one of the best Malbecs in all Argentina in my opinion. Tim Atkin just scored it 95 points in his 2017 report.

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  1. Tapiz Malbec

    Tapiz Malbec 2015 - 88 Pts - Wine Enthusiast

    Tapiz Malbec is a delicious Argentine red wine with that typical powerful Malbec fruit. Big and puchy on entry, quite smooth with the acidity and oak in balance. Ideal for everyday drinking at this price. Malbec is very much in fashion and there are many cheap ones floating about in the supermarkets but this one from Tapiz is in a completely different league.

    Bodega Tapiz are one of the most exciting winemakers in Argentina producing some excellent wines.

    This Tapiz Malbec is one of our best sellers with a loyal following as it is consistently good every vintage.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

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  2. Atamisque Catalpa Pinot Noir

    Atamisque Catalpa Pinot Noir is an excellent single vineyard Pinot with gentle oak ageing. Soft and fruity with oak coming in on the back palate. Medium bodied with good acidity, well balanced with a long finish. Particularly suited to good cheese or richer fattier meats such as roast duck or pork dishes, as the acidity cleanses the palate.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.99
  3. Angulo Innocenti Unisono

    Angulo Innocenti Unisono is the premium wine from this tiny artisan family winery, and is one of the finest wines from Argentina I have ever tasted.

    Huge fruit, super smooth, black and red fruit flavours with vanilla on the finish. Very silky in the mouth with superb balance. I describe this wine as "Argentina in a glass". It is something special and well worth the £30 price tag.

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

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    £30.00
  4. Benegas Estate Cabernet Franc

    I'm a big fan of all the Benegas wines and the Benegas Lynch Cabernet Franc in particular has been consistently one of our best wines for years. Here Federico has released a Cabernet Franc in his estate range at a more affordable price. Cabernet Franc thrives in Argentina due to the consistent climate, something which it doesn't get at home in the Loire where there can be significant differences in quality between vintages due to the weather.

    As a result Argentina is seeing more and more new plantings of Cabernet Franc and I think this is going to be a niche grape for them. Certainly the ones I've tasted recently from Benegas and Mauricio Lorca have been excellent quality. This particular wine is made in a bigger, more Argentine style.

    Big ripe fruit on the nose which follows through onto the palate. It's full bodied and powerful, rich but not jammy. Very smooth and balanced of course. This is fantastic wine and highly recommended.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £17.99
  5. Cara Sur Moscatel Sebastian Zuccardi

    Cara Sur Moscatel! Sebastian Zuccardi's Bonarda was a firm favourite, a high altitude tiny production wine of just 2000 bottles. Now Sebastian has surpassed himself with this! A high altitude handmade Moscatel from Argentina - making just 600 bottles. Moscatel, otherwise known as Muscat or Moscato, is a popular grape used for making a variety of wine styles, with many sweet or semi sweet varieties. There are both white and red Moscatel varieties with the white being the most common for producing sweet wines, but the red also sometimes used for sweet wines too. Here Sebastian has used red Moscatel to make a dry red wine and the results are superb.

    This is true pioneering winemaking for the art, not for profit. Please try a bottle of this, as it's a unique opportunity to try such an artisan wine.

    A very floral nose, rose petal fragrance, fairly light in colour like Pinot Noir - so not surprising to discover the texture of the wine is like fine Burgundy (with more fruit). Big and round on the palate with dominant red fruits and a slight spice to it. Fantastic wine!


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    £19.99
  6. Mauricio Lorca Poetico Cabernet Franc

    This Cabernet Franc is also from Mauricio Lorca's vineyards in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley, regarded as the best area in all Argentina for growing high quality grapes. For this "Poetico" there is far more oak than in his Fantasia Cabernet Franc. More concentrated fruit too. In fact this is a great wine, big, powerful and super smooth. Mauricio makes great value wines at affordable prices and some excellent premium wines. I'm delighted here that he has produced a superb Cabernet Franc in the middle price range.

    I tasted this along with over a dozen other reds in a "speed tasting" on the decking at the house before we rushed off to Carlo's, so my tasting notes are quite brief. Suffice to say this is an excellent wine and I heartily recommend you try it. When selecting an Argentine red wine, Cabernet Franc isn't the first wine you would think of, but expert winemakers like Mauricio Lorca are producing some superb wines with class and elegance, not just big blockbusting Malbecs.

    Huge fruit on entry, red and black berry flavours. Big and round in the mouth, very silky. Then the oak comes in toward the finish. Overall very smooth with great balance and Mauricio's trademark fresh acidity, so although a big wine it's not overpowering.

    I'd want a good fillet steak with this!

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  7. Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Cabernet Franc

    This Cabernet Franc from Mauricio Lorca is great value for money, like all Mauricio Lorca's Fantasia range. The vineyards are in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley, regarded as the best area in all Argentina for growing high quality grapes. Mauricio is one of Mendoza's best winemakers and consistently produces delicious wines at affordable prices.

    This is 100% Cabernet Franc. 30% was aged in oak while the remaining portion was left unoaked to retain the purity of fruit.

    I love Cabernet Franc and this is a great example for anybody who maybe has never had a single varietal Cab Franc before and wants to try one. Red cherry and raspberry fruit with just a hint of oak. Quite full and round in the mouth but light and fresh with good acidity. Lovely on it's own or due to it's good acidity will pair with roast meats or BBQ.

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    £11.99
  8. Argentine Malbec Red Wine Trio

    A selection of three very good Malbecs. The tapiz is the typical big, powerful and punchy style and our best selling Malbec. It is very good. The Aniello is from Patagonia, perhaps a better wine than the Tapiz but in a more refined classical style focussing more on purity than power. Then the Fantasia from Mauricio Lorca is all about the fruit. Each of these wines is lovely and way above anything you would find in the supermarkets or multiples, yet they are all slightly different in style so a great opportunity for discovery for a Malbec lover!

    This case includes one bottle each of:

    Tapiz Malbec, Mendoza

    Aniello 006 Malbec, Patagonia

    Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza

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    £34.96
  9. Tapiz Malbec Reserva

    Tapiz Reserva Malbec is a superb example of quality malbec from Mendoza. Plenty of strong fruit flavour yet very smooth with a dry finish. The standard Tapiz Malbec is very good, this Riserva Malbec is excellent. Fabian Valenzuela is one of Argentina's most promising winemakers and at Tapiz he has consistently produced excellent quality wines at affordable prices for many years. For sheer value for money they are hard to beat.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

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  10. Aniello Merlot

    Aniello 006 Merlot is a super Merlot full of black fruits. Very smooth with fresh acidity and good structure. Merlot isn't the first grape you'd think of when considering Argentine reds, but you should consider trying a bottle of this. There is a prominent nose of sweet fruits and violets. On the palate the wine is velvety smooth with lovely flavours. Not big and powerful, more smooth and subtle and utterly enjoyable.

    Personally I love good Merlot but it's very difficult to find good Merlot at affordable prices and often to get one you have to look in unlikely places! This one from Patagonia is very good and great value.

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    £13.00
  11. Aniello Malbec

    Aniello 006 Malbec is an excellent Malbec from this refurbished artisan winery in Rio Negro, Patagonia. At 600 metres above sea level this isn't high for Argentina! But it's high enough to produce a wonderfully fresh wine with a backbone of good natural acidity. Dark in colour with a floral nose, full of fruit, yet the refreshing acidity brings a balance making this an ideal wine to enjoy in virtually any circumstance. I'd have this wine with white fish, or it could just as well go with a good steak.

    It's very versatile so a great choice if you're sharing a bottle. Great wine for the money!

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    £13.00
  12. Aniello Pinot Noir

    93 Points James Suckling

    Bodega Aniello Pinot Noir is probably our best pound for pound Pinot on the site. Patagonia produces much of South America's best Pinot Noir, and this one is the best we have discovered.

    Full of ripe fruit, medium bodied with the fruit and tannins in balance. Great mouthfeel with a silky smoothness. Excellent wine.

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  13. Aniello Corte "Soil" Merlot

    Aniello Soil Merlot is their top Merlot, a blend of different parcels of Merlot grown on different soils (gravel, sand and clay), hence the name. All grapes are hand harvested, each block harvested separately at different times at full ripeness. Then fermented separately and finally blended to taste. It's a great wine. Big, opulent with juicy black fruit. Smooth and integrated and very natural in style.

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  14. Cara Sur Bonarda Sebastian Zuccardi

    Cara Sur Bonarda Sebastian Zuccardi is a stunning natural, very limited production wine from high up in San Juan. The Sebastian Zuccardi wines are unique in that he makes them for the art, not for profit. Indeed it is so small scale that he probably loses a great deal of money when making these wines. We also stock Sebastian's remarkable Moscatel, which as a red grape is virtually unknown outside of Spain for dry red wines.

    Sebastian made just 2000 bottles of this Bonarda from old vines.

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  15. Angulo Innocenti Cabernet Sauvignon

    Angulo Innocenti is a third generation family farm in the Uco Valley, Argentina's premier vineyard region. They produce low volumes of some good wines. This is their 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% of which was oak aged for 7 months. It's a blend of 2 separate lots from 3 different harvest dates, fermented for different periods! The result is a floral aromatic wine with full body and good mouth feel, smooth and lingering.

    I'm delighted to announce they've also released an icon wine which is sensational.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.99
  16. Angulo Innocenti Malbec

    Again the Innocenti family have been doing multiple harvests of different vineyard plots to add different charcteristics to this wine. Three separate harvests of Malbec grapes plus they've blended in 10% Caberent Sauvignon too. Then they've aged half the wine in second and third fill French oak.

    The resultant wine is smooth, with sweet fruit and some vanilla from the wood ageing. It's not complex but is good tasty wine and good value for money.

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  17. Atamisque Assemblage

    Atamisque Assemblage is a superb Bordeaux blend from Tupungato in the Uco Valley in Mendoza. This is the flagship wine of Bodega Atamisque 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 wine with power and elegance combined, very smooth with a very long finish.

    Highly recommended.

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    £27.98
  18. Atamisque Catalpa Assemblage

    Tim Atkin 93 Points, 2016

    This is the beautiful Bordeaux blend from their second tier range "Catalpa". Atamisque is a relatively new winery founded in 2007 by a French couple with family wine connections in Burgundy, aiming to produce exceptional wines in a natural manner. The winery was designed on a gravity feed system and all grapes are handpicked, two systems for minimising chemical intervention.

    "The Atamisque reds are distinguished by their perfume and fine-grained tannins. This blend of Cabernet Franc with 20% Merlot and 10% each of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception, featuring subtle oak, grassy yet ripe flavours, bright acidity and a long, tapering palate."

    93 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2016 Special Report

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  19. Atamisque Malbec

    This is Atamisque's premium Malbec. It is excellent! 

    Atamisque is a fabulous winery set up by a French couple focussing on making real wine in a more natural style. They hand pick into small boxes to avoid damaging the grapes. They designed the winery to work on a gravity feed system too, so they wouldn't need to pump the wine around or handle more than necessary. This resultant Malbec is excellent.

    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.

    Made with grapes from a 100 year-old vineyard of La Consulta (Uco Valley).

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  20. Atamisque Serbal Assemblage

    Tim Atkin 91 Points, 2016

    50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot & 25% Malbec fermented and aged for 6 months in stainless steel for maximum fruit expression. 

    An impressive 'Bordeaux Blend' driven largely by Cabernet Franc complemented by Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and just a little Malbec. The wine is a brilliant crimson colour and has a most inviting nose of wild red fruits and fresh peppers. This mid-weight red is perfectly balanced with very fine tannins amidst excellent fruit concentration. After six months in stainless steel and three months in bottle at the winery it is ready to go.

    "The Serbal range from Atamisque offers some of the best value drinking in Argentina. This classy, four-way blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec shows... a nuanced approach to winemaking, with spice, fine tannins and savoury fruit."

    91 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2016 Special Report (2015 vintage)

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  21. Benegas Lynch Cabernet Franc

    My favourite wine from Federico. It's a rarity being a high altitude single vineyard Cabernet Franc from vines dating back well over a hundred years. Presentation is superb too in a super heavyweight bottle, wrapped in paper with wire tied round the neck to hold it in place.

    Benegas tasting notes state: "Powerful wine with juicy and ripe tannins. In the mid palate it exhibits a set of layers where the aromas appear and complement the wine, giving it an elegant and very expressive long finish."

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    £45.00
  22. Benegas Lynch Don Tiburcio

    "Don Tiburcio" was Federico's grandfather, the godfather of wine production in Mendoza in the late 19th century, and he has fittingly named this wine from his super premium range after him.

    It's a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all vinified separately and aged between 8 to 10 months in French oak.

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  23. Benegas Lynch Finca Libertad

    Benegas Finca Libertad is the top wine in Federico's "super premium range" consisting of a blend of one third each Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

    A master work in the art of blending from old and very old vines grown at Finca Libertad, Benegas's own estate on the upper bank of the old Mendoza River in Maipu. 34% Cabernet Sauvignon (80 years old), 33% Cabernet Franc (120 years old) and 33% Merlot (40 years old) are vinified separately with 50% of each undergoing malolactic in 1st use French oak barrels. Each wine is then aged for 10 months in barrel, then blended, then aged for a further 10 months prior to release. A beautiful, complex, elegant wine with more than a nod to Bordeaux (from a very good vintage!)

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  24. Benegas Lynch Libertad Syrah

    An excellent wine once again from Federico. Argentina is not well known for Syrah, except possibly from San Juan to the north where the excess heat can "cook" them a bit. Here in Mendoza Federico has produced a beautiful wine showcasing just how good Argentine Syrah can be when you get it right.

    Big, firm and bold, slightly spicey. Concentrated dark fruit flavours beautifully balanced by a racey acidity toward the finish. The Argentine Chateuneuf! 

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  25. Benegas Lynch Malbec

    James Suckling 93 Points

    Benegas Malbec is the flagship Malbec from Federico, from some of the oldest vineyards in Argentina at Finca La Encerrada in Gualtallary, Uco Valley. Aged for 18 months in French oak then just one year in bottle before release, this is a "youthful" wine for Federico! This was done to retain the purity of the fruit, although the wine is still firm and muscular. James Suckling recommends drinking now although this wine will age for many years if you prefer to lay it down.

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    £48.00
  26. Benegas Lynch Meritage

    Benegas Lynch Meritage is quite simply one of Argentina's finest wines. A top Bordeaux blend to rival the very best from France. The first release to reach the UK was the 2004 and on first tasting I immediately bought the lot. I had never tasted anything so good from Argentina. It had great reviews from many critics being likened to a first growth Bordeaux. We have stocked all the successive vintages. The trend in Argentina now is to make their wines more European in style, a little leaner and tighter than previously which I can understand for some of the fruit bomb Malbecs, but it isn't needed here - this is Argentine Bordeaux already!

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    £45.00
  27. Bodegas El Porvenir - PORVENIR

    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. Fantastic wine!

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  28. Bodegas El Porvenir - Amauta Cabernet Malbec

    The Amauta range from El Porvenir has been consistently excellent year on year, and was the first range of wines we sourced when we first started looking seriously at Argentina. The labels were striking which got our attention, then once we tasted the wines we were hooked. 

    "The Amauta, in the original cultures of Cafayate, was the great teacher, the wise man. Respected for his knowledge of human subjects, of nature, and of the universe, it was he who taught to live."

    Yet another beautiful blend from Porvenir, this time Malbec dominated. Red and black fruits with a little spice and vanilla from the oak. Very smooth and very easy to drink!

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  29. Bodegas El Porvenir - Laborum Malbec

    El Porvenir Laborum Malbec is in my opinion one of Argentina's very best Malbecs with many awards to it's name. Pure fruit expression with superb balance and length. The natural sugar level of these grapes from the highest quality winery in the world gives this wine incredible sweet fruit on entry. This is tempered by the oak (14 months in new both French and American). It's super smooth, very well balanced with some vanilla coming through on the finish. If you want to see what all the fuss being made about Malbec is all about, this is the wine to go for!

    Just moved onto 2015 which is already drinking superbly.


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  30. Bodegas El Porvenir - Amauta Cabernet Merlot

    A delicious wine from Salta in northern Argentina. All the wines from El Porvenir de los Andes are very good indeed. The Amauta range of wines has been a particular favourite of mine for some years. They have a purity and intensity of fruit due to the unique messoclimate of the vineyards at the very high altitude, and minerals fed to the vines via the snow water melt. If you want to try good Argentine red wine but don't fancy a Malbec, this blend is highly recommended. It's full flavoured, super smooth, well balanced and emininently drinkable!

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  31. Bodegas El Porvenir - Laborum Tannat

    El Porvenir Laborum Tannat was the wine that first got me thinking outside the box with Argentina a few years ago. When I first tasted it, it was like an Argentinian Amarone - complex, sweet entry, great length and power. As nobody knew of the wine over here it was s low seller and the importers dropped it, but I'm delighted it is now available once again.

    Deep ruby in colour. Big fruit flavours with some natural sweetness from the high sugar levels the unique Salta vineyards provide, being the highest quality winery in the world. Noticeable oak and some "heat" to the wine which is an element I particularly enjoy in top quality South African reds. Well balanced, very well made. I'm a big fan of Porvenir and this Tannat is a great wine.

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  32. Susana Balbo Signature Malbec

    96 points, Patricio Tapia´s Descorchados 2017

    91+ points, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

    93 Points, James Suckling´s Tasting Report

    93 points, Tim Atkin’s Argentina 2016 Special Report

    91 points, Highly Recommended, Decanter Uco Valley Malbec Tasting

    90 points, Stephen Tanzer’s Vinous Report - Argentina: The Cool Years

    Susana Balbo Signature Malbec has something of a cult following in the UK. It's a great introduction to quality Argentine Malbec. We have been stocking this wine for years and it has been consistently good every year. Susana is Argentina's most famous female winemaker (and apparently Argentina's first female winemaker) and was nominated by James Suckling as one of his five best wineries of 2016. She has also been elected President of Wines of Argentina three times.

    She has certainly pioneered a lot of the changes in the wine world in Argentina, and the Argentine wine scene is a lot better for it. She makes a large range of decent quality wines and several high end exceptional ones. This Signature Malbec sums up what she is all about in one bottle!

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  33. Susana Balbo Nosotros Francis

    92 Points - Deschorado's

    Following on from her exceptional Nosotros Malbec, Susana has released two further wines in the Nosotros range. This Francis consists of 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Tannat, all hand harvested of course. Individual clusters of grapes were selected then fermented and aged on the lees for 30 days with regular stirring (battonage). The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was subsequently aged in first fill French oak barrels for fifteen months.

    Nosotros line celebrates the efforts of all the people who work day by day to make this wine. It is considered the winery’s “selection of selections”. It is the blend of the best barrels chosen by Susana and her team after many tasting rounds. “Nosotros” reflects the passion, experience and spirit of each of the members of this big family that is Dominio del Plata.

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  34. Susana Balbo Benmarco Malbec

    This the Susana Balbo Benmarco Malbec 2013 from the Uco Valley - please don't confuse it with the cheaper lower quality offering on sale at Majestic Wines, they are completely different wines. This is something special, the label is similar but the wines are miles apart in quality!

    Argentine Wine Awards 2016 - Trophy & 95 Points

    91 Points - Tim Atkin

    92 Points - James Suckling

    90 Points - Stephen Tanzer

    92 Points - eRobert Parker

    One of my favourite Susana Balbo wines, along with Expessivo and Nosotros of course! The secret to this excellent Malbec is the fruit is all from Vista Flores in the Uco Valley, regarded as the best vineyard site in all Argentina. Plus the Benmarco project has been in the hands of Edy del Popolo, making premium fruit driven wines. This is big and powerful in the typical Argentine style we have all come to love. Fruit, power, oak, acidity all in balance.

    The grapes were hand picked of course, left on the lees for a full month with regular battonage, and underwent full malolactic fermentation before being tansferred to second fill French oak for 11 months. This process extracted maximum colour and flavour yet kept the oak in check to make sure it complemented the wine and didn't overpower it.

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  35. Susana Balbo Brioso

    93 / 100 Tom Cannavan's WinePages.Com

    Brioso is Susana Balbo's signature Bordeaux blend consisting of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, all blended then aged for 15 months in new French oak barrels. Susana Balbo is regarded as Argentina's finest female winemaker, and this Brioso is a great wine wot showcase her talents. It's consistently good quality year on year with recent vintages aiming to be more European in style, less fruit driven and more traditional Bordeaux .

    You would have to pay a lot of money for a French wine equivalent to this. If you do prefer the traditional Argentine fruit driven style then opt for Susana's Benmarco Expressivo Bordeaux blend instead - it's equally as good.

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  36. Susana Balbo Benmarco Expresivo

    94 Points - Descorchados

    93 Points - Robert Parker

    94 Points - Tim Atkin

    94 Points - James Suckling

    92 Points - Stephen Tanzer

    Every vintage of Benmarco Expesivo has been superb in my opinion. Not many people know about it, but it is one of my favourite wines. If you like good Bordeaux you will love this! The current trend in Argentina is to downplay the fruit a bit and make more European style wines, which I personally think is turning your back on one of Argentina's strongest selling points -  the high sugar levels and superb quality grapes derived from the consistent sunshine.

    I find the recent vintage of Susana Balbo Brioso for example to be a little too austere for my taste. However this Benmarco Expressivo is still that typical Argentine blockbuster and I would choose this wine over Brioso every time. It's a beauty!

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    £32.50
  37. Susana Balbo Nosotros Sofita

    95 points - James Suckling 

    93 Points - Deschorado's

    Following on from her exceptional Nosotros Malbec, Susana has released two further wines in the Nosotros range. This Sofita consists of 70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, partly fermented in concrete eggs, partly in 500 litre barrels. Full maloloactic fermentation and subsequent oak ageing for 16 months in new French oak barrels.

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    £125.00
  38. Susana Balbo Benmarco Cabernet Sauvignon

    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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  39. Susana Balbo Nosotros Malbec

    98 points - James Suckling Top 100 Wines of the World - ranked number 36th best wine in the world.

    To describe this wine as something special is of course an understatement - it is superb. I first tasted this Nosotros a few years back. It was at the Argentine Ambassador's residence in London at a big tasting where we tasted around 100 different Argentine wines. This Nosotros was head and shoulders above every other wine there. I was fortunate to get hold of some stock and have been stocking it ever since. Very possibly the finest wine to come out of Argentina.

    Susana Balbo has since released two blended wines in her Nosotros range to complement this straight Malbec. If you have deep pockets they are well worth trying to experience possibly the very best Argentine red wines available.

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  40. Susana Balbo Benmarco Pinot Noir

    This Benmarco is a fabulous Pinot Noir from Argentina - a phrase not often heard! But this is seriously good wine with real finesse and balance. The Benmarco range is a special project of minimal interventionalist wines on specific vineyard sites, overseen by Edy del Popolo. I love all the Benmarco wines, they are certainly my favourite of all the Susana Balbo wines.

    Edy has worked his magic here with this Pinot Noir. Highly recommended.

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  41. Marcello Pelleriti Coleccion Plata Malbec 2012 75cl

    Marcello Pelleriti is one of Argentina's finest winemakers, in fact he is the only one to date to have received a 100 point rating from Robert Parker. But he isn't just an Argentine winemaker, he makes wines in Pomerol too, as the season in France is directly opposite that of Argentina. Sounds like a lot of hard work to me, jetting back and forth every six months!

    His vineyards are in the Uco Valley district of Mendoza, one of the very best areas in all Argentina. He works traditionally without pesticides, all grapes hand harvested, then bunch sorted and even sorted by individual grape. The winery works on a gravity feed system, enabling him to make wines naturally with absolute minimal intervention and manipulation.

    This Malbec is excellent and superb value for money.

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  42. Marcello Pelleriti Cuvee Especial 2012 75cl

    Marcello Pelleriti is one of Argentina's finest winemakers, in fact he is the only one to date to have received a 100 point rating from Robert Parker. This is a blend he made as a one off, and it's fabulous!

    This is a blend he produced for Gaucho Restaurants so it's composition is secret and it isn't even on his website. We've been offered some at a good price and as it's excellent wine we've bought some. In Pomerol Marcelo works mainly with Merlot and indeed at the vineyards of Chateau La Violette where he scored 100 points from Parker for the 2010, they grow only Merlot. I suspect this wine is Merlot based with some Malbec and Cabernet Franc but I don't know for sure!

    It's very deep ruby in colour with a nose of black cherry and coffee. It has mid weight on the palate with soft natural acidity. It is incredibly smooth, very natural in style. Flavours of coffee, black cherry and dark chocolate with a long lingering finish.

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  43. Riglos Gran Cabernet Franc

    Tim Akin 93 Points

    17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

    I love the wines from Riglos, but then again I haven't found any wines from the Uco Valley that have disappointed. This valley really does produce the best grapes in all Argentina and they are in huge demand from other wineries. A vineyard owner could make a good living never making any wine, just selling his grapes on. But Dario Werthein and Fabian Suffern didn't do that, instead they hired oenologist Pulqui Rodriguez and winemaker-consultant Paul Hobbs and set out to make the very best wines possible.

    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! These Riglos wines are amongst the very best we have discovered from Argentina.

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  44. Riglos Gran Malbec

    Tim Akin 93 Points

    James Suckling 93 Points

    A fabulous Malbec from this artisan winery - a small group of expert winemakers who got together with the intention to produce the very best wines in Argentina.  The founders are Dario Werthein and Fabian Suffern who hired in oenologist Pulqui Rodriguez and winemaker-consultant Paul Hobbs. They then had all the attributes needed to make amazing wine - one of the very best vineyard sites in Argentina, top oeologist, top winemaker and a passion for making the finest wines possible.

    "So much pure and beautiful fruit here with blackberry, blueberry and floral character. Full body, fine tannins and a long and flavourful finish. A salty and minerally aftertaste."

    93 / 100 JamesSuckling.com (2012 vintage)

    "... another polished performance from Juan Carlos Rodríguez Villa. Minerally and nuanced with a hint of Asian spices, it's a wine that lingers on the palate."

    93 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2015 Special Report (2012 vintage)


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  45. Riglos Gran Cabernet Sauvignon

    Tim Akin 93 Points

    A fantastic Cabernet from a single vineyard, which Tim Atkin claims is just about the best for Cabernet in Argentina! All the Riglos wines are superb, being made with real passion and a drive to produce the finest Argentine red wines possible, not just to make a profit.

    Floral on the nose, very elegant and polished on the palate with just a hint of pepper on the long finish. This is great wine.

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  46. Passionate Malbon

    95 Points eRobert Parker.

    Passionate Malbon 2011 is a stunning new wine from one of Argentina's best up and coming new winemakers. The clue to Matias's drive is in the name "Passionate Wine" - he wants to make the very best wine possible, and this wine is something special. A handcrafted blend of Malbec and Bonarda, with only 1500 bottles produced.

    We only have a handful of bottles left and after this there will be no more, so get this magnificent wine while you can.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  47. Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Malbec

    A great introduction to good Argentine Malbec, from Mauricio Lorca, one of Argentina's most prominent winemakers. As well as his own wines, Mauricio is also a consultant winemaker for several other wineries in Mendoza including Enrigue Foster and Eral Bravo.

    This Mauricio Lorca is lightly oaked with great purity of fruit. As an introduction to quality Malbec at an affordable price it is a winner. Highly recommended.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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  48. Mauricio Lorca Gran Poetico Blend

    Robert Parker 91 Points 

    International Wine Expo - Gold Medal

    Argentine Wine Awards Silver Medal

    Mauricio Lorca Gran Poetico Blend is one of Mauricio Lorca's best premium wines. It's a blend of Malbec with Syrah and Petit Verdot aged in French oak for twelve months.

    Black cherry flavours, strong fruit and some dark chocolate. Very smooth and well balanced wine, as all Mauricio's wines tend to be.

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  49. Mauricio Lorca Inspirado

    Bodegas Y Vinedos Mauricio Lorca Inspirado is the ultimate wine from one of Argentina's foremost winemakers.

    Mauricio Lorca is chief winemaker at Enrique Foster, one of Argentina's most respected wineries, and he was also the winemaker at various other quality wineries such as Catena Zapata, Luigi Bosca and Michel Torino. He is now a consultant winemaker for several of Argentina's emerging boutique wineries.

    This Inspirado is a blend of Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, all sourced from Mauricio's vineyards in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley. For his first vintage (2008) the wine was Syrah dominated which is unusual for an Argentine blend. However we don't know the make up of the recent vintage as Mauricio guards his "recipe".

    It's a great wine though, big and powerful. I'm very much looking forward to tasting the new 2010.

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £66.00
  50. Don Manuel Villafane Gran Reserva Icono

    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.

    Great presentation in a heavy bottle too.

    Sulphite level: Low

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