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.
- 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.
Sulphite level: Low
- 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.
Sulphite level: Low
John's Rating:£125.00Out of stock
- 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.
Sulphite level: Low