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Argentina

Argentina is today famous for it's wines from the Malbec grape variety, something that is most certainly in fashion these days. The most famous region here is that of Mendoza, lying in the foothills of the Andes mountains where the snow melts provide life-giving water to the vineyards.

With Argentina being a pretty large country, there are, of course many other regions that produce wine, but the majority of bottles you'll find here in the UK are without doubt from Mendoza.

The cool climate of Mendoza allows the grapes to ripen slowly and thus the resulting wines have great freshness, fine aromas and intense flavour. With good wine-making, the wines have excellent balance and are packed with dark fruit flavours. This is not peculiar to just the Malbec grape but other red garpe varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also fare well.

Travelling further north to the Salta region, Aregentina's other flagship grape variety, Torrontes, works well thanks again to higher altitude vineyards. Being further north, you'd expect the diurnal temperatures to be higher but for every 1oo meters of altitude, the average daily temperature drops by about 1 degree C.

Going south, as you find in Chile too, the region of Patagonia is considerably cooler and malbec doesn't fare so well. More aromatic varieties such as Pinot Noir and some white varieties like Chardonnay are the mainstay of wine production.

All in all, Argentina is now one of the major players on the international wine scene and rightly so as not only is it the largest wine producer in South America but probably the best.  One thing to remember of course is that Malbec doesn't originate there but rather it eminates from France where it was used in Bordeaux but more recently has been rediscovered in areas such as Cahors. True the style is a little different but the wines can be equally as lip-smacking to drink.

  • Malbec Reserve - Mi Terruno Winery
    £13.85

    Malbec Reserve - Mi Terruno Winery

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    Proper Argentinian Malbec ! Just what you should expect. Intensely coloured still showing youth with some notes of violet. The nose is typical of r...

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    £13.85
  • Bodega Toneles Gran Tonel 137 Malbec
    £42.95

    Bodega Toneles Gran Tonel 137 Malbec

    Bodega Toneles

    Bodega Toneles Gran Tonel 137 Malbec has an attractive, bright and intense purple colour and has a nose dominated by red fruits, ripe plums, berrie...

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    £42.95
  • Malbec "Uvas" - Mi Terruno Winery
    £10.25

    Malbec "Uvas" - Mi Terruno Winery

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    An excellent introduction to Argentinian Malbec. The wine has fine red fruit aromas with some herbal notes and on the palate it is well balanced, g...

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    £10.25
  • Bodega Toneles Tonel 14 Malbec
    £11.75

    Bodega Toneles Tonel 14 Malbec

    Bodega Toneles

    Bodega Toneles Tonel 14 Malbec is hard to beat for its sheer exuberance and gluggability. It is a brilliantly priced Argentinean Malbec with classi...

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    £11.75
  • Mayacaba Malbec - Mi Terruno Winery
    £28.50

    Mayacaba Malbec - Mi Terruno Winery

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    The epitome of Argentinian Malbec from proprietary vineyards in Perdriel (Lujan de Cuyo), the prime vineyards of Mendoza. Despite its 5 years of ag...

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    £28.50
  • Bodega Toneles Tonel 46 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
    £14.25

    Bodega Toneles Tonel 46 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    Bodega Toneles

    Bodega Toneles Tonel 46 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is something of a blockbuster, intensely coloured and packed with pure and generous blackcurrant...

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    £14.25
  • Bodegas Mi Terruno Uvas Malbec Rose
    £9.95

    Bodegas Mi Terruno Uvas Malbec Rose

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    A crisp, fresh and pale rose from Mendoza's Maipo region. The bouquet is dominated by small red fruits that imply a sweetness to the wine when in f...

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    £9.95
  • Expresión Malbec - Mi Terruno Winery
    £11.50

    Expresión Malbec - Mi Terruno Winery

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    This hand selected Malbec has a deep ruby colour with loads of chocolate and snuff aromas in the bouquet backed by some toasty notes. It's full bod...

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    £11.50
  • Torrontes "Uvas" Mi Terruno Winery
    £10.25

    Torrontes "Uvas" Mi Terruno Winery

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    Do you like Thai or Indian food? Well this is the perfect partner for those spices. This pure Torrontes comes from the Santa Rosa area of Mendoza w...

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    £10.25
  • Mi Terruno Limited Reserve Petit Verdot
    £16.75

    Mi Terruno Limited Reserve Petit Verdot

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    A bold yet cultured red that is just built for meat. It has a deep ruby red hue with touches of violet at the rim. The bouquet is complex with ripe...

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    £16.75