This wishlist is all about Patagonia. Here are some of our favourite wines that we have tried from the region.
Bodega Sudoeste, Pinot Noir 2010: Winemaker Santiago is out to make a real Burgundy style Pinot Noir and this is a pretty great first attempt. Using traditional Bourgoune techniques in the winery and a prodigal vine with no color but astounding aromas, this blend of two Pinot Noirs is supple and sexy with juicy red fruit, an aromatic mouth, great acidity and a silky finish. $85.
Malma Universio Malbec 2009: NQN has an incredibly distinct style and their icon Malbec is the epitome of that. An elegant and feminine wine with a floral nose and rich, fresh fruit combined with good structure and the trademark Patagonian incredible colour, this is great value for $120.
Fin Tannat 2007, Bodega del Fin del Mundo: One of the winery’s owners is a Uruguayan, but this Tannat is a world away from the wine that made Uruguay famous. Incredibly dense in fruit in the nose and with a powerful and spicy finish, this is an interesting wine to drink now but will also age very well. $150.
Special Blend (Fin del Mundo), 2008: This icon blend is the best selection of the harvest and made in partnership with Michel Rolland. Using Bordeaux varietals you’ll find an awesome deep colour, a tight minerality, refreshing acidity and great length as well as lighter notes of eucalyptus and violet alongside rich spice and chocolate – worthy of its ‘special’ name. $250 .
Late Harvest Pinot Noir, Familia Schroeder: Its pretty unusual to get a late harvest Pinot Noir but this wine is a very enjoyable tipple. Nicely savory for a sweet wine, it is easy drinking, fruity and juicy. $70.
Familia Schroeder Blend, 2005: This is the top of Schroeder’s line and its wonderful to see Pinot Noir and Malbec take the centre stage together. A stylish nose with sweet touches of vanilla and rose, good fruit and a lingering finish. $186.
Other recommended bottles:
– Fin del Mundo Brut Nature, 2008: A 100% Pinot Noir blanc de noir champenoise method sparkling wine, this has a gorgeous complexity, good structure and creamy notes from 36 months on the lees. A superb onion skin color.
– Newen Torrontes, 2011: It’s quite an experience to try a torrontes from almost the other end of the country to its usual Salta home. Quite a different experience with tart passion fruit and an impressive acidity.
– Malma Sauvignon Blanc, 2011: A zingy green-hued Sauvignon Blanc with herbal characteristics and citrus zest. The vineyard is named after the original owner’s grandma.
– Fin Pinot Noir, 2009: This shows all the unique Patagonian characteristics of a Pinot Noir – intense colour and good concentration along with smooth tannins.
– Schroeder, Barrel Select 2009: Fermented in the barrel, this 100% Pinot Noir is full of your typical red fruits and its refreshing acidity and mellow oak characteristics make it good for food pairing.
– Fin Merlot, 2007: Merlot often gets a bad rap, but this wine shows off its best qualities – deep berries with a play between sweet and sour and silky tannins.
– Sudoeste Malbec 2010: Made from vines in La Pampa, this is a Malbec that will take you by surprise. Coming from a unique terroir, it results in an intense but refined wine with spice and pepper notes and a good acidity.
– Fin del Mundo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011: A lovely intense nose of black and red forest fruit, good structure and a spicy finish, this is a good value Cab.
By Amanda Barnes
Published in the August/September 2012 edition of Wine Republic