Treats from the vines

05 September, 2008

Patricia Langton rounds up the wines to look out for at the annual Wines of Argentina tasting

Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Viognier are among the

varieties joining Malbec and Torrontés at the annual Wines of Argentina trade tasting.

This year's event will feature three themed tasting tables:

The High North & Low South Malbec 2008 table will allow visitors to explore Malbec wines from the northern regions of San Juan, Catamarca, La Rioja and Salta, and the southern regions of Neuquén and R ío Negro

Torrontés will have a dedicated table featuring 25 wines, with 100% Torrontés wines alongside blends including some sparkling and dessert wines

At the lighter end of the spectrum, Argentina's wide range of sparkling wines, white, rosé and even red, will be lined up on the sparkling wine table.

Pernod Ricard UK is rolling out new packaging for its Graffigna brand and promises "clear labelling and bold, simple designs". The new look coincides with the introduction of screwcap for the brand.

La Riojana will be showing the latest releases from the Ecologica range (rrp £5.99), the newly packaged Valdeviña range and the upper end Raza Argentina Premium Malbec and Premium Torrontés.

Fellow La Rioja producer Valle de la Puerta, represented by Patriarche, will present its latest vintages and will show La Puerta Bonarda Reserva for the first time.

Crush Wines is launching a three-tiered range of wines in collaboration with Finca El Origen. The wines are positioned at £4.99 to £10.99 and are sourced from two vineyards in the Uco Valley and one in the northern Cafayate province. The range includes Reserva Torrontés and Gran Reserva Malbec wines as well as Syrah and Viognier wines.

Terrazas de los Andes is launching its first Torrontés which is positioned at £10.99. The latest vintages of its entire range will be on show as well as 2005 Cheval des Andes, made in collaboration with Bordeaux's Pierre Lurton.

San Juan's Bodegas Callia and UK agent D&D International will be showing two new wines: the Rhône blend Callia Magna Shiraz/Viognier and Callia Extra Brut Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Gris.

Fellow San Juan producer Finca Las Moras, represented by Cha lié Richards, is also keen to put the province on the map. Its highlights include Las Moras Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gran Shiraz and the Mora Negra red blend.

Las Bodegas will be showing a late -harvest Malbec called Virtuoso from Dominio del Plata. Alongside will be Enrique Foster's "five cracking Malbecs" and Viña Alicia's Malbec and Nebbiolo wines.

Export manager Andres Kemeny of Valentin Bianchi will be joining Liberty's team to show the wines of Finca Los Primos and Famiglia Bianchi including the latest (2005) vintage of flagship wine Enzo.

Universo Austral, a joint venture with Chile's Viñedos Corpora Family Estates, makes its debut with four brands and Alma 2008 Malbec . The four brands - Universo de los Andes, Calafate, Chalten and Finca del Desierto - feature Pinot Noir, "cool -climate" Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc - and the price positioning is £6.99-£8.99.

Cavas del 23, headed up by Neil Kite, will be present for the first time to show "young and fruity" Imperio de Sentidos and Beviam wines as well as two oaked Beviam wines.

Prestige Agencies

is showing

Mendel Wines , featur ing the Malbec wines of winemaker Roberto de la Mota.

Ehrmanns will be showing a wide range of wines with different ethical propositions and price points. They include the new "deal breaker" own-label wines, the new Organico by Elementos wines, Fairtrade wine Soluna and the new premium brand Andean Vineyards.

Hispamerchants and the Patagonian producer NQN

will show the new entry-level Picada range and the latest vintages of the Malma range.

El Porvenir de

los Andes from Salta will be showing Laborum Tannat 2005 and its late -harvest Torrontés.

Familia Zuccardi has introduced its " sustainable

agriculture" logo which will appear on all levels of its core Santa Julia range. The aim is to communicate Zuccardi's "personal assurance of quality with care". The latest blends and releases from this innovative producer will be available to taste.


Daniel Pi will join HBJ to show the

latest Malbec Single Vineyard collection. This

range is the top selection from 90 individual growers throughout Mendoza. The new Broquel Pinot Noir and Torrontés will also be on show.

Trivento, owned by Chile's Concha

y Toro, is launching Dulce Natural, a range of white, red and sparkling wines which are "naturally sweet and lower in alcohol" with an abv of 10% (rrp £4.99). Also on show will be the new Chardonnay and Syrah Golden Reserve wines and Colecci ón Fincas, a range of wines produced from parcels of grapes which may change each year,

aimed at the specialist sector.

PLB will show Bodegas Escorihuela Gasc ón's "1884" wines (replacing the Candela range)

. The range features 1884 Malbec, Syrah and Viognier (£7.99).

The Argento Wine Company will be showing two new wines: Artesano de Argento, a Chardonnay and Malbec/Cabernet produced from some of the oldest vines in the Uco Valley and Piropo, which offers a Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Malbec and Merlot .

Finca Flichman and Stevens Garnier will show the latest additions to the Mendoza-based producer's range - a sparkling wine made from 80% Chardonnay and 20% Malbec and Misterio Sauvignon Blanc 2008.

Buckingham Schenk and Domaine Vistalba

present their

joint venture wines under the Viñalba label. The brand is presented in three tiers - £4.99, £6.99 and £9.99 - and includes three blends from Patagonia.

Wines of Argentina

annual tasting

When: Wednesday Sept 17, 10am-6pm

Where: Lord's Cricket Ground, Wellington Road London NW8


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