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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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Red Wine
Catalpa PINOT NOIR 2013
Argentina

Catalpa Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard located in Tupungato, Uco Valley in Mendoza – one of the best wine-growing regions in Argentina. It takes its name from an American tree that grows 10 to 12m high and has beautiful, aromatic white flowers. Bright red ruby in colour. Aromas of blueberry and gooseberry jam, with hints of caramel and chocolate. In the mouth, it is elegant and well-balanced, with smooth tannins and intense red fruit notes. Great with soft cheeses, poultry and lamb. The wine has an aging potential of 8 years.

Shop Price: £19.49
75.0CL
Only 3 left
Red Wine
Fournier B CRUX 2011
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec, Tempranillo
Body: d - Medium to Full

Rich plum and damson fruit, vanilla notes, plus a lovely lift of violet aromas. Drinking beautifully. First class!

Shop Price: £19.79
75.0CL
Out of stock
Rosé Wine
Susana Balbo ROSE 2017
Argentina

A lovely pale salmon pink colour and a fine florality, with hints of wild strawberry and cherry. It shows freshness and clarity, with natural acidity lifting the finish.

Shop Price: £20.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Lorca Poetico SYRAH 2010
Argentina

Syrah is one of Mauricio Lorca's favourite grape varieties; he loves its fickle nature, the bold influence it can bring to a blend and, most of all, the song it sings flying solo. This delicious Syrah packs a big, spicy, chocolate-infused punch in its youth but after a few years in bottle, as here, it mellows into a most sultry and complex wine, a delight if you fancy an askew take on the northern Rhône.

Shop Price: £21.99
75.0CL
Only 8 left
Red Wine
Gen del Alma GENE 2014
Argentina

A propriety blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This is a rich, multi layered wine with lashings of dark berry fruit all integrated with a light touch of oak and very fine tannins. Lovely.

Shop Price: £22.95
75.0CL
Only 4 left
Red Wine
Catalpa ASSEMBLAGE 2016
Argentina
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot

Hints of violets on the nose, red fruits and a touch of cocoa and chocolate leads to a complex and voluptuous palate with firm silky tannins and a long finish. Delightful.

Shop Price: £22.99
75.0CL
Only 6 left
Red Wine
Atamisque Malbec 2017
Argentina

Serious Malbec for those who like their Malbecs BIG. Lush, upfront fruit packed into a sophisticated palate. This oozes class and finesse.Blackberries, fig, mocha and a suggestion of coffee. Fabulous with a rare rib eye steak or drink by itself for maximum impact. Worth every penny.

Shop Price: £25.99
75.0CL
Only 7 left
Red Wine
Susana Balbo Signature MALBEC 2017
Argentina

From one of Argentina's foremost winemakers, Susanna Balbo leads the field with this superbly crafted malbec. Terrific quality of fruit, with a light touch of oak. Classy.

Shop Price: £27.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Fournier Alfa Crux RED BLEND 2007
Argentina

A rich, hedonistic wine, with emphasis on superb ripeness. An unusual blend of 40% Tempranillo, 40% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Touriga National. A real treat, drinking nicely now.

Shop Price: £28.49
75.0CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Nieto Senetiner Cadus Malbec 2012
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Body: e - Full
For laying down

A bit of a monster actually. Highly complex with rounded tannins and an intense fruit core pulsing through every sip.

Shop Price: £35.99
75.0CL
Only 5 left
Red Wine
Ben Marco EXPRESIVO 2016
Argentina
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec

Expresivo is harvested from Gualtallary Terroir, which translates in mineral notes, firm fine grained tannins and great length. This wine has aromas
of blackberry, peppercorn tree with balanced natural acidity.

Shop Price: £38.99
75.0CL
Only 4 left
Red Wine
Fournier ALFA CRUX MALBEC 2011
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Body: d - Medium to Full
Drink now, but will keep

Wonderful aromas of blackcurrant and plum.
Vibrant berry fruit flavours on the palate with notes of vanilla, eucalyptus and a touch of mint A full-bodied yet elegant and supple wine with soft tannins and lingering complex finish.

Shop Price: £41.99
75.0CL
Only 8 left
Red Wine
Susana Balbo MALBEC MAGNUM 2010
Argentina

From one of Argentina's foremost winemakers, Susanna Balbo leads the field with this superbly crafted malbec. Terrific quality of fruit, with a light touch of oak. Classy. Tastes even better in Magnum form!

Shop Price: £49.95
150.0CL
Out of stock