Spring is a’comin’! With the darling buds breaking all over the countryside and treelined avenues, we want to celebrate Spring with a Spring themed Wishlist, picking some of our top wines from the Wine Republic Tasting 2013. You can see the rest of the recommended wines at http://wine-republic.com/2013/07/31/wine-republic-blind-tasting-2013/
Albarino, Las Perdices. $85.
Albarino is not the most common variety here in Mendoza. Mainly grown in Galicia Spain, this white variety has delicious aromas of peach and apricot and is a perfect Spring white wine. This was the highest scoring white wine in the tasting and is simply gorgeous!
Cruzat, Cuvee Reserve Rose. $120.
You can never go wrong with bubbles on a Spring evening and one of our favourite sparkling wine makers in Argentina, Pedro Rosell makes a fab Pinot Noir based sparkling rose at Cruzat. Structured enough to pair well with food, this is a bubbly that stands up on its own.
Catena Zapata, White Stone Chardonnay. $500.
It’s all about terroir wines nowadays and Catena Zapata’s new super premium Chardonnay is a result of studying the soils of the Uca Valley vineyards. This is the White Stones (on calcareous stones) and they also have White Bones (a soil with fossilised bones). Whether you taste the soil profile or not, it’s a delicious wine.
Gimenez Riili, Perpertumm Torrontes. $59.
Coming from the delightful Gimenez Riili brothers and winemaker Pablo Montarral, this Torrontes is made in the desert-scape of La Rioja. With the long hot days and cool, cool nights it has the floral nose and fruity nose but a refreshing dry finish. Ideal Spring night wine.
Doña Paula Estate, Sauvignon Blanc. $75.
Coming from the sustainable social-project friendly Doña Paula winery, this beautiful Sauvignon Blanc has tropical fruits, herbs and a fabulous typicity for the varietal. A good value white wine that you can sip alone or pair with food.
Zuccardi, Textual, Ancellota. $60.
For something a bit different for your dinner table or picnic, try this Ancellota from the experimental Zuccardi clan. An Italian grape, this sexy, tobacco-laden red has sweet and round tannins and would sit very happily with an Italian inspired pasta or lasagne.
Chacra, Manique Merlot. $180.
Merlot is an underrated variety in Argentina, but don’t neglect it – some Merlots here are gorgeous. This subtle and romantic wine comes from a cool project making biodynamic wines from gnarly old vines in Patagonia. Simply divine.
By Amanda Barnes
Published in the October/November 2013 edition of Wine Republic