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Argentinian Wines

After the 1986 World Cup quarter final between England and Argentina, Diego Maradona famously/infamously described his goal as being scored “un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios” (“a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”).

Whether this was cheating or not, we’ll leave to the historians and pundits, but there is no such controversy when it comes to the success of the Argentine wine industry. This can be attributed “un poco con la ayuda de la Madre Naturaleza y un poco con la uva Malbec” (“a little with the help of Mother Nature and a little with the grape of Malbec”).

Introduced to the wine world as an easy drinking, robust and great value red, through love and patience Argentina has gradually built the reputation of their Malbec into an extremely desirable and world famous premium product. This is no flash-in-the-pan fashion though, Argentine Malbec shows real longevity and it is difficult to see many other reds that could compete with it as its stellar trajectory shows no sign of flattening out.

Coming back to Maradona though, he is more often remembered for “the hand of God” than the “Goal of the Century” that he scored four minutes later. In a similar fashion, the quality of the rest of Argentina’s wine can be overshadowed by all the talk of Malbec. Argentine Malbec is one of the most impressive success stories in the world of wine. Argentina’s high altitude, low humidity and long ripening season make it one of the most perfect winemaking regions on Earth, so don’t forget to explore the delights of their Torrontes, Viognier, Tannat and Syrah…

  • Picada 15 Malbec 2016

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Aromas of red berries, plums and morello cherries, with soft tannins a subtle hint of violet and vanilla imparted by brief oak ageing.
  • Tapiz Bonarda 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    If you’ve tried and tested Argentine Malbec and want something else from the land of tango, try this raspberry-scented, juicy Bonarda.

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  1. Becalm Malbec 2016 Red Wine

    Becalm Malbec 2016

    £12.50

    £12.50

    With its deep oceans of blueberry and black cherry fruit and bright, grippy tannins, this exclusive Malbec seems to resemble the starry skies above Argentina's Andes. Indeed, the team at Fincas Patagonicas (who are advised by Jean Claude Berrouet, formerly of Chäteau Petrus) were inspired by the story of the ancient constellation Argo Navis.

    According to the legend, this was the ship Jason and the Argonauts sailed in to retrieve the Golden Fleece and, like the delicately oaked Becalm, the image of this great wooden ship, gliding silently on an endless voyage through the southern skies, transports your thoughts far away so a sense of calm envelops you... So relax. Be Malbec. Becalm.
  2. Ventus Red Wine 2014

    Del Fin Del Mundo Ventus Red 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    The sound of splitting timber and crashing rock. The terrifying din of screaming animals. Such was the apocalyptic cacophony that woke inhabitants of Neuquén some years ago, racking them with horror, certain as they were it was Del Fin Del Mundo: the End of the World.

    Actually, it was just Manuello. For months he'd suffered terrible dyspepsia. All that rich food, those heaps of good Argentinian beef. When the indigestion finally gave, the resulting 'Ventus', or wind, was brief, but astonishing. Fearing lest Manuello placed himself and the locals in such predicament again, a local doctor prescribed him a soft, youthful, unoaked red to combat the complaint. It is available today, to all.
  3. Ventus White Wine

    Del Fin Del Mundo Ventus White 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Someone finally got them together. It's like two friends that have always had a thing for each other but never hit it off. Ventus White is that couple that finally got together. Like that damn film Clueless. Or When Harry met Sally...or When Tropical Met Citrus Fruits finally admit love last minute in the airport departure lounge. Somehow it totally works and they both sit down for a meal and a glass of wine. This wine is our kind of 'Friend with Benefits'.
  4. Domingo Molina Malbec 2012

    Domingo Molina Malbec 2014

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Sometimes we wish we had more than words with which to convey our wines to you. If we could, we'd take you into a saddlery, clad you in the softest purple velvet and then crush some freshly-picked red cherries, blackberries in a pestle and mortar, add a twist of schezuan pepper and present it to you, saying "this. This is what you are buying if you buy this wine." We have to sadly accept the reality that we can't do that, but we hope you get the picture.
  5. Hermanos Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Argentina Red Wine

    Hermanos Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £12.75

    £12.75

    This Cabernet Sauvignon was created in the lofty heights of the Cafayate Valley in the remote Salta region of Argentina. Sounds like a good location for a secret base for a league of superheroes. Lucky for us the two brothers who made this red are not muscle bound meat heads with loads of gadgets and outlandish wardrobes.

    Rafael and Osvaldo Domingo are our kind of heroes- taking grapes and shaping them into amazing wine. Rippling with raspberries, cocoa, and spices. This is the kinda full-bodied wine that'll land on your balcony dressed in red with a masterplan to save the world, fix everything in town and make sure you're safely tucked in bed before midnight.
  6. Incienso Malbec Red Wine Argentina

    Incienso Malbec 2014

    £7.50

    £7.50

    You can do a lot with £7.50. You could buy some hair dye and go strawberry blonde. You could buy a decent quality ball point pen. Or! You could buy yourself a taste of the Argentine countryside, fresh blackberries and an oomph of hot spice from the gusty plains at the foot of the Andes. And, whilst you can't beat a high quality biro, we'd take the wine any day. Obvz.
  7. Ormadei Malbec 2016

    Ormadei Malbec 2016

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Bang! In your face! Let's not pussyfoot around, people like Argentine Malbec for its raw, heavyweight, power; and that's what Ormadei delivers by the sackfull, but that's not all. Big hitting, yes, but rich, fruity and smooth with it. Like getting punched in the mouth by a black cherry fist in a velvet glove. In a good way.
  8. Picada 15 Malbec 2016 Argentina Red Wine

    Picada 15 Malbec 2016

    £10.75

    £10.75

    A Picada is both the name of a traditional Argentine platter of meat, cheeses and pickled vegetables, but it is also the name of a dusty road that runs through the mountains of Patagonia. Perhaps a Picada was the only meal that was suitable to eat whilst walking along kicking up dust in the mountains. Well, anyway, with a bit of luck you won't be washing a mouth full of dust down while enjoying this approachable Malbec, and will be able to enjoy its soft and fine tannins with a tasty Picada from in the comfort of your own home.
  9. Pora Py'a de Argentina Malbec Red Wine

    Pora Py'ã de Argentina Malbec 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    You've splashed out on a couple of juicy rib-eye steaks for a mid-week treat, and now you're after a wine to do them justice, but still at a midweek price. Well, look no further. They certainly know a thing or two about a juicy steak in Argentina, and it's no accident that Malbec, which pairs beautifully with steak, is their signature grape.

    With Pora Py'ã you not only get all the big hitting fruit and peppery spice you'd expect of an Argentine Malbec, but it comes at a price you probably wouldn't.
  10. Pulenta Estate Malbec 2014

    Pulenta Estate Malbec 2014

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Complex, elegant and aged in french oak, sounds great right? We think so, and to top it off it has deep intense flavours of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, a combination destined for a delightful experience thats for sure.
  11. Tapiz Bonarda 2014

    Tapiz Bonarda 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    If you've ever climbed Ben Nevis or Snowdon, then their summits are around the height that you'll find the Bonarda grapes that go into this wine. However, these vines are in the Uco Valley in Argentina and the combined altitude, latitude create a wine that is both ripe and fresh, bold and soft.

    Originating from southeast France, Bonarda is also planted in California (where it is known as Charbono) and in Jura, where it is known as Corbeau. So it's travelled a fair bit, but it seems it's found a home from home in the foothills of the Andes.
  12. Vicioso Malbec 2013 Argentina Red Wine

    Vicioso Malbec 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Vicioso is an Argentinian dialect word which translates both to 'vicious' and 'party animal'. However, Vicioso Malbec is named in honour of the punk rock hero Siddhartha Vicioso, a party animal, a vicious political beast and a former member of Los Sexy Pistoleros. His band's biggest hit was a jolly cross number called 'God Shave The Queen', which topped the hit parade while causing the collapse of the monarchy.

    With its Queen-adorned currency now worthless, Siddhartha's country emerged as a moneyless anarchist collective where people live in mansions made of cake and ride to work on unicorns. They also drink this beautifully succulent and robust red wine, thick with cassis and leavened by a touch of lavender, while listening to Los Sexy Pistoleros only album, 'Never Mind The Cojones'.
  13. Vicioso Torrentes White Wine

    Vicioso Torrontes 2016

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The Vicioso Torrontes is bright and energetic in appearance, with intricate aromas of exotic fruits and a hint of jasmine flowers; zingy, crisp and deliciously refreshing on the palate.

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