Rich and fruity, bordering on overripe, with earth, spice and fresh herbs, slightly smoky with a mineral quality that keeps it from being overwhelming. A structured, well-constructed single vineyard wine from a vineyard first planted in 1932 and an impressive pedigree (winery created by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta) translate to the impressive price.
Cherry red in colour, this delicious Pinot has a spicy, earthy nose of rose petals and raspberry candy. Medium-bodied and deceptively dry, the flavours of sweet raspberry and pomegranate fill the mouth. A beautifully balanced wine with a lovely mouthfeel.
The Torrontés grape from Argentina is so fragrant you don’t know whether to drink it or slap it on as after-shave. It smells of orange blossom and cardamom, rather like a dry Muscat from Alsace. That intense aroma is matched by the flavour of a cantaloupe melon – it really is like drinking perfume that tastes deliciously dry.
This Argentine blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon has a generous nose of thick blackberry, wild raspberry, earth, tar and beautiful oak spice notes. The dark berries on the palate meld perfectly with the spice notes, bramble and liquorice through a smooth finish.
Here’s an affordable Malbec from Argentina that punches above its weight in the flavour department. Dense purple in colour, this easy-drinking Malbec offers a spicy plum nose with vanilla oak notes; it’s medium-bodied with mouth-filling sweet plum and blackberry flavours ending with mellow, ripe tannins.
Clear pale yellow. Robust nose, smells like a cross between Chardonnay (citrus, melon) and Sauvignon Blanc (pungent gooseberry and lime). Full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel but adequate acidity, and simple flavours of apple, grapefruit and rose petals.
Tres 14 may seem a strange name for a premium, high-altitude, old-vine Malbec from Vista Flores in the Uco Valley. That is, until you realize that Trapiche head winemaker, Daniel Pi's last name is the same as 3.14, which written out = tres 14. Memorable, yeah? Just like the wine made from own-rooted, 20+ year old vines, planted 1000 m up on clay and silty soils. This is a very small lot (garage series) wine that was fermented and aged in second-use French and American oak for nine months. Potent and perfumed wild blackberry, plum laced with heady violets on a silken palate bounded with a stony grip. The wood is eaten up by the fruit, leaving a lingering dose of saltiness and light wood spicing on the finish. Drinking very well now but will continue to age effortlessly for a few years.