While Chile has traditionally dominated wine production in South America since the 1990’s Argentinian producers have been investing heavily in both the volume and quality of wines being produced in that country. Argentina is now the 5th larghest producer of wines in the world.
Traditionally Argentinian wines were made from very high-yielding crops grown on overhead trellises so the grapes would ripen beautifully in the intense sun and deliver incredibly ripe flavours in the red wines the country is well known for.
The variety most widely grown in Argentina is Malbec and is often regarded as the variety most suited to the warm Argentinian climate, many producers have excellent examples that are rich, intensely fruity wines that also reward aging.
In the 1980’s many Malbec vines were pulled out and replaced with Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Syrah and Bonardo as well as a smattering of Pino Gris and other varieties; in fact one of the real strengths of Argentinian wine production is the wide range of varieties that can be produced very well there. With growing conditions that range from very hot to cooler elevated sites… A real bonus for producers.
You’ll find a big selection of Argentinian wines in store, and if you’re looking for a well priced luscious red, then look no further than the delights from this country.
All of the reds are packed with ripe berry fruit characters, each variety has different flavours but the same wonderful ripe characters that work so well with red meats, especially grilled steaks and casseroles.
If you want a soft red with plenty of flavour the try the Santa Ana 2012 Malbec for $17.99 that is soft yet rich and delicious, or the Trapiche Syrah for $13.99. This wine has a little more tannin but is still packed with wonderful ripe flavours.
Thanks to our Guest Blogger – Neil Hodgson