Tag Archives: Argentina

Wet and cool season for Argentina

While other world wine regions including Australia, California and Spain, have been withering in droughts and sweltering in record-hot temperatures, Argentina has just had its wettest and coolest wine-growing season for over 30 years.

Argentinean malbec

At the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney last year, Argentina won seven out of the ten top places in the Malbec class with Australia occupying the other three places. No surprises there. I chose not to enter any New Zealand Malbecs in that class.

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The world cup of wine

There are many competitions which allow New Zealand wines to compete against those from other countries. Because much of our wine is exported it’s useful to see how they stack up against the competition.

Pre-judging the judges

I’ve just finished selecting New Zealand’s entries for the 13th Six Nations Wine Challenge held in Sydney each year. The competition started as a head-to-head match between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Chile, Argentina and the United States were added more recently.

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Pinot progress

I’ve just completed my annual Pinot Noir tasting. A total of 275 wines were submitted by wineries in every region south of Gisborne. The best were better than ever and the same applies to the wines at the other end of the quality scale. I was surprised and gratified by the enthusiasm for our most prestigious, if not most prolific, varietal wine during a recent trip through Asia, Europe and the US. Pinot Noir lovers are enthusiastic. They are quick to appreciate exciting wines from emerging regions.

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Best Import

Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato Cabernet Malbec Merlot, Mendoza 2008 $48 A big, powerful, quite tannic red blend from one of Argentina’s top producers. There are minty, floral and squashed raspberry aromas giving it a lifted bouquet. A hint of walnut, too. The palate is