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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 2015

    £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. Domingo Molina Malbec 2012

    Domingo Molina Malbec 2014

    Now £16.50

    Was £18.00

    £16.50

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Ormadei Assemblage 2015

    Ormadei Assemblage 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    If grapes were the Royal Family of Argentina, then no doubt the bold, brambly Malbec would be the hirsute, jolly King. But, much like the British Royals, this family has stars that are also very popular with the people (ahem, Harry and Kate), including Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, which are more usually found in Bordeaux.

    Just like Old King Malbec, which also started off in Bordeaux, they are thriving in Argentina's Uco Valley. This example is an affordable twist on this Bordeaux blend, with a voluptuous texture, dark forest fruits and sweet baking spice.

  6. 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.

  7. Pulenta Estate Chardonnay 2013

    Pulenta Estate Chardonnay 2015

    £14.50

    £14.50

    In the 90s we were intimately introduced to the cigarette-smoking, bathroom scale-loathing, Chardonnay-loving Bridget Jones, most famous for her mascara-stained episodes in pursuit of Mark Darcy. But it may not just have been Mr Darcy that was upsetting her. Perhaps she was drinking the wrong Chardonnay. We feel sure that, if only she'd had a glass of Pulenta, she would have been twitching her rabbit tail very happily indeed. How could she fail, with its rich round texture, elegant frame, ripe stone fruits, toasty oak and warm hazelnut nuances, we ask you. She should have gone to Oddbins.

  8. Terrazas Selection Malbec 2015

    Terrazas Selection Malbec 2015

    £16.00

    £16.00

    When the Spanish set out for Argentina they took cattle with them. Little did they know the climate would affect the animals, filling them with wanderlust and energy. A dangerous combination, even for a cow.

    In no time, a good number of beasts had escaped, and under a general spell of romance – this was the country of tango after all – made many, many more beasts. Soon, huge herds roamed the pampas. And with livestock comes dung. So much dung, in fact, that the very pH of the soil was altered*. Happily, however, the resulting soil was perfect for growing Malbec, like this moo-tiful, example.

    *This might be a load of bull.

  9. 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'.

  10. 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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