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Argentina is not a country of stereotypes, as what they are globally known for—terrific football players, a warm sense of family, huge barbecue meat platters—are all things they are, for good reason, very proud of. Another thing that Argentina is happily known for is their constant proficiency to create incredible wines. With the calendar just turning into 2018, these 2017 award-winners are just getting better with age and should be on your “to drink” list this year.
Like many of the Fabre Montmayou Malbecs, the use of French oak ensures that the wine is very fruit-driven yet not in an overpowering or dominating way. A subtle accompaniment to the Malbec grape and a terrifically well-rounded wine that will make sure, once it is opened, you will be seeing the bottom of the bottle.
A winery that is starting to dominate the “Argentina Red” section of any speciality wine store is Doña Paula, and the Doña Paula 969 is a special bottle. This speciality will be coming onto the market in the beginning of 2018 is a floral and fruity blend, named 969 for that number of metres the finca in which it was grown sits above sea level.
Shifting to the whites, Cadus Wines stand proud next to this chardonnay, which impresses with citrus notes and a floral aroma followed by a slight almond finish due to its wood aging, a proud byproduct of the Uco Valley.
This Cab-Franc blend combines two dark-skinned grapes and this bottle combines two great winemaking minds, as Jorge Riccitelli and son Matias combine to create a very balanced yet complex wine with intense aromas as enticing as the colourful bottle it comes in.
Another wine to watch out for happens to be another Cabernet Franc, and this Grand Medal wine is appropriately named, as it is an award-winner and a tribute to the 125 years of the Trapiche brand. Coming from a sandy and silty soil, this wine expresses velvety tannins, fruity hints of strawberry and darker hints of roasted peppers.
One of the Argentinian specialities, the Malbec shines with this 2016 reserve that will present dark fruit aromas to the nose, light acidity, soft tannins, and a slightly spicy finish to the tongue, to complete a terrifically well-rounded statement that Argentina are still tough to beat with this particular grape.
This white blend comprises of 80 percent Semillon, with the remainder made up of Sauvignon Blanc, aged in French and American oak barrels for a full year. This creates an aroma of honey and tropical fruits, a creamy finish that is perfect to pair with any type of seafood.
For the lovers of the bubbly, last but certainly not least is this elegant bottle of refreshing brut that is perfect for the spring and summer months with a delicious aroma of pineapple and peach with a touch of Chardonnay. A full, well-balanced wine that is so tempting it will be next to impossible to keep the cork in until spring and summer come around.