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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
Vino Fino

Awesome Argentina with Steve Bennett MW

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Our first ever tasting totally dedicated to Argentine wines, focusing on two new winery additions to our range - Argento and O'Fournier. Both are imported into New Zealand by Steve Bennett.

Established in 1998, Bodega Argento is situated at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Maipú area of Mendoza’s Central Region. The aim is to produce modern styles of wines at affordable prices, sourcing fruit from various regions. 
 
The Fournier family had made its fortunes in Spain holding the exclusive right to produce playing cards. In the 1980's the business was sold and son Jose Manuel Ortega went into investment banking and then in 2000 
established a state of the art winery in the  Valle d'Uco in Argentina with the first commercial releases in 2006. Using the resources of a number of growers plus their own newer vineyards they quickly made an impression on the wine world especially with their Urban Uco and Alpha Cruz wines.     

Our first ever tasting totally dedicated to Argentine wines, focusing on two new winery additions to our range - Argento and O'Fournier. Both are imported into New Zealand by Steve Bennett.

Established in 1998, Bodega Argento is situated at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Maipú area of Mendoza’s Central Region. The aim is to produce modern styles of wines at affordable prices, sourcing fruit from various regions. 
 
The Fournier family had made its fortunes in Spain holding the exclusive right to produce playing cards. In the 1980's the business was sold and son Jose Manuel Ortega went into investment banking and then in 2000 
established a state of the art winery in the  Valle d'Uco in Argentina with the first commercial releases in 2006. Using the resources of a number of growers plus their own newer vineyards they quickly made an impression on the wine world especially with their Urban Uco and Alpha Cruz wines.     


​Wines Tasted:

Argento Pinot Gris 2013
This excellent-value, completely dry Pinot Gris emphasizes the hallmarks of the Argento style – fruit purity, vibrancy and elegance. Sourced from a variety of high-altitude Mendoza (Lavalle, Rivadavia, Tupungato) & San Juan vineyards (25 de Mayo) and given a long, slow fermentation at low temperature to capture maximum freshness. It offers delicate, floral aromas and tropical fruits. Light and clean with ripe apricot and white peach flavours, notes of chamomile and a bright crisp finish.
Retail $17.99 Special $14.99​

Argento Chardonnay 2013 
100% Chardonnay sourced selected from several sub-region s of Mendoza; Maipú, Luján de Cuyo, Junín and Tupungato to ensure consistency of style from vintage to vintage. This lightly oaked Chardonnay offers aromas of ripe tropical and stone fruits. Flavours of white peach, cantaloupe, honey and sweet spice are complemented by subtle minerality and vanilla leading into a fresh, balanced and round finish.
Retail $17.99 Special $14.99​ 

Argento Malbec  2013
Made by talented winemaker Silvia Corti from fruit selected from several sub-regions of Mendoza, namely; Luján de Cuyo, Maipú, Tunuyán & Tupungato to ensure consistency of style from vintage to vintage. Fermented in tainless steel fermentation at 25-27°C for 7 days to capture intensity of fruit and aged for 4 months in 50% French and 50% American oak to enhance complexity and soften tannins. This superb Malbec has a deep purple colour with blue layers and offers concentrated aromas of plums, black cherries and notes of violet. The jammy plum and red fruit flavours are rounded off perfectly by a soft, lingering finish with velvety tannins.  (Bottled un-fined and therefore suitable for Vegans/vegetarians.)
“I do find it pretty extraordinary that you can find so much sophistication at this price” – Jancis Robinson MW
 Retail $17.99 Special $14.99​

Argento Shiraz 2013                                                    
100% Shiraz made by talented winemaker Silvia Corti from fruit selected from several sub-regions of Mendoza, namely Maipú, Rivadavia and Junín to ensure consistency of style from vintage to vintage. Fermented in stainless steel fermentation at 25-27°C for 7 days to capture intensity of fruit and aged for 4 months in American oak. This bold Shiraz is dark purple in colour with violet tones. The nose offers intense aromas of blackberry fruit with notes of black pepper spice. Flavours of rich dark berries and a hint of vanilla lead into a long and persistent finish with soft, rip tannins. (Bottled un-fined and therefore suitable for Vegans/vegetarians.)
Retail $17.99 Special $14.99​
 
O’Fournier ‘Urban Uco’ Tempranillo/Malbec 2013
90/100 Best Value Wine in Argentina – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate May 2014
“The 2013 Urban Uco Blend is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Tempranillo, fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak barrels for three months. Combining the best of both worlds, Tempranillo and Malbec, the wine gains in complexity and depth, with notes of flowers, a silky palate, with a little bit of tannin in the end. It is complex and structured within its medium-bodied palate. This is superb value. Drink 2014-2017.”
Retail $21.99 Special $19.99​ 
 
Argento Reserve Malbec  2012 
100% Malbec sourced from premium Mendoza vineyards: Tupungato & La Consulta (Uco Valley) and Alto Agrelo (Central Region) to ensure consistency of style from vintage to vintage. Aged for 9 months in 75% American and 25% French oak. Deep purple in colour, this Malbec displays delicate aromas of violet, ripe plum and blackberry. Rich and full-bodied, the concentrated black fruit flavours intertwine with subtle notes of white pepper and cardamon. Structured tannins and a soft touch of vanilla and mocha lead into a long and velvety finish. (Bottled un-fined and therefore suitable for Vegans/vegetarians.) Gold Medal - 2014 Sommelier Wine Awards.                                              
Retail $26.99 Special $24.99​ 
 
Argento Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from premium Mendoza vineyards:  Gualtallary & Zampal (Uco Valley) and Agrelo (Central Region) to ensure consistency of style from vintage to vintage. Aged for 9 months in 90% American and 10% French oak. Deep violet in colour, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackcurrant and cacao. Rich and full-bodied, the flavours of ripe cassis and sweet pepper are complemented by subtle notes of vanilla and mocha from careful oak aging and lead into a long and complex finish with sweet and meaty tannins. (Bottled un-fined and therefore suitable for Vegans/vegetarians.) Gold Medal -  Argentinean Wine Awards                        
Retail $26.99 Special $24.99​ 
 

Alfa Cruz Tempranillo/Malbec/Cabernet  2007                         
The 2007 Alfa Crux Blend is sourced from 20- to 70-year-old vineyards at 1200m above sea from  El Cepillo, Pareditas, La Consulta and Chilecito in in the Uco Valley. It is a blend of 60% Tempranillo, 25% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in French oak vats with 28 days of skin contact and then transferred to oak barrels (80% French and 20% American) where it matures for 20 months. According to winemaker Jose Spisso they are only releasing it now because they feel Tempranillo needs more time in bottle. It has some honeyed notes of pollen and beeswax, with very ripe raspberries and notes of cinnamon and sweet spices. The palate reveals fine grained-tannins, good balance and acidity with great length, showing very lively and young for its age, this is an elegant vintage for this wine.
93/100 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 92/100 points Wine Enthusiast

Retail $53.99 Special $49.99
 
Alfa Cruz Malbec 2010
The 2010 Alfa Crux Malbec is sourced from 10- to 20-year-old vineyards at 1200m above sea at from Vista Flores and El Cepillo in the Uco Valley. Cold maceration of 5 days and 28 days of skin contact.  Fermented in oak vats (14,900 liters) and then transferred to barriques (80% French and 20% American) for malolactic fermentation and further aging where it matured for 20 months. Bottled Unfiltered. It is very dark-colored, quite young and primary, with upfront fruit, notes of violets and a hint of smoked peat. It is intense and powerful, with sweet tannins and an acid spine that lifts the wine and gives it great freshness. 2010 is one of the best vintages ever for Malbec in Mendoza.
94/100 Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice, 94/100 Wine Spectator, 93/100 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Retail $53.99 Special $49.99​