Move Over Malbec

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So is Argentina all about Malbec? Well it does account for 75% of the world’s Malbec production but there is more to Argentina than Malbec. Let’s explore…

Dante Robino BonardaA close second to Malbec is the wonderfully dark and not too broody Bonarda. Only recently taken over by Malbec in terms of most widely planted variety, it was once only used for the most basic table wines. Modern winemakers are now using it in a variety of ways to demonstrate its versatility.  A dense but reasonably easy to grow grape, it makes for an honest wine with good intense fruit flavours and a slight herbal edge. Its great structure lends itself to some oak ageing as in our Dante Robino Bonarda. A fabulous food wine.

A new-ish kid on the block is Tannat. Originally a French variety and widely grown in neighbouring Uruguay it is slowly emerging in great form from Argentinian growers. The Argentine Tannat, benefitting from the warm dry climate, is fruity, with an undercurrent of spice and minty sensations with nice, juicy tannins and a velvety body. Definitely worth a try.

Dante Robino TorrontesAnd as for whites, well it's got to be Torrontes. The only true native to Argentina and a bit of a tease. Upfront big aromas of fruity floral tropical notes might make you expect a slightly off-dry wine but don't be deceived. The palate should be dry, fresh and full of bright acidity. Our Dante Robino Torrontes is grown at high altitude so is packed with this characteristic crisp freshness. I could liken it to a Gewürztraminer but only in the way that they both suit Asian style food perfectly.

So don't just make do with Malbec, try something new, you may be surprised.

If you would like to find out more information about Malbec as a grape why don't you have a look at our 'All About Wine' section. We have a page devoted to the lovely mouth watering grape! Or just click here... 

Last Updated: 16/03/2017
Author: Sarah Hattersley
Sarah Hattersley

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