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Until recently Argentina produced more wine than any other New World country. America's output has since overtaken it, but Argentina remains probably the most important wine-producing country in South America. Its potential is yet to be fully realised, but Chile no longer dominates the market as it did a decade or so ago. A great deal of the wine made is for domestic consumption and is pretty rustic and of low quality compared to some of the superb examples we see in the UK.

The economic climate of the country over the last century or so has dictated what progress and setbacks the wine industry has experienced. In boom years the industry prospered but the problems caused by economic depression meant that foreign investment declined and the industry suffered. In contrast to most other wine drinking nations, the amount consumed per head is actually declining. It is this decline that has prompted the country's better producers to improve the overall quality of their wines in order to exploit the export market, without which it would struggle to survive. Probably the most significant development in Argentina is the care now taken in the vineyards. Previously it was considered that as long as the grapes ripened the skills practised in winemaking (as opposed to vine growing) were enough to produce decent wine. In the 1990s this skill was expanded to include viticulture, and the importance of Argentina as a major player has increased to the point where some truly outstanding wines are produced. Although some decent wine was produced in the past a scant regard for thinning and reducing crops restricted the industry's progress on what was becoming a booming world market. Much more care is taken over suitability of sites for certain grape varieties, vines are maintained properly, irrigation is extensively used as the average temperature is higher than in many wine-growing countries, and the quality of materials used, such as rootstocks, fertilisers and oak, is much better than two decades ago.

A large percentage of wine grapes grown in Argentina are domestic varieties: Criolla and Cereza. These are white wine grapes and although plantings are extensive their popularity is on the wane as better quality grapes become more fashionable, and export markets beckon for those willing to upgrade to internationally renowned varieties.

It was Spanish settlers who first planted Vitis Vinifera vines in Argentina in the sixteenth century, although early plantings were of somewhat inferior grape varieties compared to those around today. Attempts at irrigation made winemaking possible, and the industry was reasonably healthy. The key event which led to the industry's development was the rail link between Buenos Aires and Mendoza in the mid nineteenth century. As more settlers arrived the expanding wine industry embraced new methods of vine growing and wine making, with the newly imported European grape varieties establishing themselves into the market. The ever-growing Argentine wine industry was founded and its value in world wine markets has never been healthier. Classic grape varieties make up a hefty percentage of wine made in Argentina; Malbec has found a particular niche in such a way that the phrase 'Argentinean Malbec' is one commonly heard in wine shops and tasting rooms across the globe.
Vineyards stretch along the backbone of the Andes Mountains with Mendoza the most important region (responsible for over 80% of Argentina's wine production), but other areas of importance are La Rioja and Rio Negro.

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Amalaya Vina Blanco De Altura 2018
Riesling, Torrontes
Sweetness: 4 - Off Dry
Ready to drink

Intense gold in colour with tints of green. On the nose this wine is intense and complex with aromas of citrus and grapefruit typical of Torrontes and a touch of minerality. Delicate and silky on the palate with great freshness and crisp acidity on the distinctly mineral finish.

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Serbal VIOGNIER 2018
Argentina :: Mendoza
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

Lovely notes of honeysuckle and stone fruits on the nose.
Made in a really fresh, lean, aromatic style.

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White Wine
Catalpa CHARDONNAY 2015

If Chardonnay really is making a comeback in the UK it must be due, at least in part, to wines like this. It's no longer shameful to ask for a Chardonnay with plenty of oak and when done well, as here, the result is a happy reunion. This is a big wine with lots of lovely pineapple, honey and vanilla nuances, but it is not overblown, the acidity is excellent, and people are loving it.

"Atamisque is better known for its subtle, elegant reds than its whites, but this is a very impressive Chardonnay. Judiciously oaked, with 50% of the wine fermented in stainless steel, this is a refreshing, nuanced white with citrus and stone fruit flavours complemented by minerality."

92 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2016 Special Report (2015 vintage)

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White Wine
Susana Balbo WHITE BLEND 2015

Blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Torrentes are separately barrel femermented then blended and rested in the same barrels for a further four months. The oak is delicate, the fruit is complex and explosive, with delicious acidity.

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Susana Balbo Signature TORRONTES 2016

After several years of experimentation with varying toast levels and various barrel producers, Susana Balbo has created a Torrontés that takes this varietal into a whole new sphere of influence. The exuberant floral and fruity notes that we know and love have become delicately muted and are complemented with the most ethereal and subtle oak influences. Although still distinctly Torrontés, this actually noses a little like a great Viognier, dare we say it something akin to Condrieu from a very good vintage?

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