Cambridge Wine Merchants
International Wine Challenge, Wine Merchant of the Year 2012 : WINNERS!
also: Large Independent Merchant of the year UK, East of England Merchant of the year, Fortified Specialist Merchants of the Year UK
Like Chile, Argentina benefits from relatively cheap land and labour costs and a weak currency. And of course excellent vine-growing land and a passion for wine based partly on Spanish wine tradition but heavily influenced by Italian émigrés.
Generally New World in style: fruit-led and modern. Simple gluggers are reliable, posh versions of reds pretty massive with lots of oak.
Some cracking reds from Malbec and Bonarda, which they’ve so made their own, they’re winning awards all around the world – and these are bargain wines. For whites, Sauvignon Blanc and Torrontes offer fantastic value, the latter rather Alsace and perfumed in style and a knock-out with Asparagus for example.
One admirable aspect of Argentine viticulture is that farming so high and dry in the Andes means pests and rot are less of a threat in such arid conditions, so less need for chemicals. Pure and ripe wines with a dash of Italian flair.
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