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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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White Wine
Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented TORRONTES 2018
Argentina :: Mendoza
Torrontes
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
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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?

Shop Price: £19.99
75.0CL
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White Wine
Susana Balbo CHARDONNAY 2015
Argentina :: Mendoza
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Ready to drink

Produced in very limited quantity, Susana Balbo’s 2015 vintage Chardonnay was fermented and aged in medium-toast French oak barrels for 6 months. The result is an elegant and complex expression of one of the world’s finest grape varieties. Subtle citrus and vanilla notes on the nose, lean and delicate on the palate with exceptional balance and length.

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Red Wine
Gen del Alma GENE 2014
Argentina :: Mendoza
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
Body: e - Full
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Malbec 50%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Merlot 10% all co-fermeted, 30% of which in large old oak barrels, it's another beauty from the Michelini madhouse (Gerardo). Inky black purple colour; really forward and fresh on a nose redolent of black cherries and blackcurrants. Big and powerful but silky in texture and amazingly approchable for such a young wine. Gorgeous.

Shop Price: £22.99
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Red Wine
Lorca Poetico SYRAH 2010
Argentina :: Mendoza
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: d - Medium to Full
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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.
95% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

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75.0CL
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Rosé Wine
Susana Balbo ROSE 2019
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec, Pinot Noir
Ready to drink

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: £23.99
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Red Wine
Catalpa ASSEMBLAGE 2016
Argentina :: Mendoza
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
Body: e - Full
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In each of the three ranges from this winery - Serbal, Catalpa and Atamisque - there is a blend, an assemblage. Catalpa Assemblage is comprised of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec in varying proportions depending on the vintage. 60% of this wine is aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels, 40% in stainless steel prior to blending and a further 6 months in bottle prior to release. Crafted in a fairly extravagant style this is a lovely, plump, velvet textured delight with clever use of oak in evidence, capable of developing very nicely for 8 - 10 years.

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75.0CL
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Red Wine
Recoleta Malbec MAGNUM 2018
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Body: c - Medium
Ready to drink

NOTE: THIS IS A MAGNUM (150cl)

Ripe dark fruit with soft tannins and a pleasingly smooth finish. Dangerously moreish.

Great for parties!

Shop Price: £26.99
150.0CL
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Red Wine
De Angeles MALBEC 2016
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Body: e - Full
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Deep ruby red in colour, lovely aromas of plums and sweet red berries, silky-textured in the mouth with incredible length. Elegant yet intense, fresh, complex, superbly balanced and, best of all, very moreish.

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75.0CL
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Red Wine
Atamisque Malbec 2017
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Body: e - Full
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This is the flag-bearing Malbec from Bodega Atamisque, a winery that has come from nowhere in recent years to gain real respect and admiration from its peers, and no wonder with wines like this on show. Winemaker Philippe Caraguel has triumphed with this wine, which is so good and consistently good from vintage to vintage, perhaps due in part to the vines being 100% owned and managed by Atamisque. We sell much more of this, not inexpensive Malbec, to the UK trade than we do many others at significantly lower prices. Excellent is the word.

Shop Price: £29.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Susana Balbo Signature MALBEC 2018
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Body: e - Full
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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.

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Red Wine
Cadus Single Vineyard 'Finca Las Torcazas' Malbec 2014
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Body: e - Full
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From a high quality, old vine block in higher Agrelo, this is a serious expression of Malbec which is characterised by its rocky terroir and small batch wine making. Award winning Malbec from Argentinean specialists of this native grape. High altitude, single vineyard quality that is truly of place.

Shop Price: £36.99
75.0CL
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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: £39.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Fournier ALFA CRUX MALBEC 2011
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Body: d - Medium to Full
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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
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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
Red Dessert
Susana Balbo LATE HARVEST Malbec 2016
Argentina :: Mendoza
Malbec
Sweetness: d - Medium to Full
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This is an amazing thing. Top quality Malbec grapes are left on the vines after harvest for a period of up to 3 months. Over this time they shrivel up like raisins and the juice becomes very, very concentrated and sweet. The natural syrupy juice takes an age to ferment and once it has, the wine is aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels. The end result is a top-end Malbec that is 100% naturally sweet; sweet but not 'sticky', and the tannins are still there to provide staunch structure and see the wine through subsequent years of bottle age. A wonderul oddity.

Shop Price: £23.99
50.0CL
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White Dessert
Susana Balbo LATE HARVEST TORRONTES 2016
Argentina :: Mendoza
Torrontes
Sweetness: 9 - Sweet
Ready to drink

Pale yellow with golden hints, it reveals intense aromas of jasmine, white rose petals and notes of fresh citrus fruit. On the palate, it has enticing flavors of lychee, subtle honey touches leading to a delicate and silky finish.

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50.0CL
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