Cuchillo Malbec

We visited Mendoza in Autumn 2016 and spent 5 days tasting a range of wine. Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, vineyards are planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world – with the average site located 600-1,100 meters above sea level. The principal wine-producing…

Santa Julia Reserve Malbec

Robert Parker gave this wine 91 points. But he’s like Craig Revel-Horwood on Strictly come Dancing (in the sense that he marks harshly, I hasten to add). I’ve scored it 92 – and would add extra marks for an attractive bottle (good for dinner parties & prospective in-laws) but that would be stupid… Tasting notes:…

Finca Las Moras Malbec

The description on their website says that this wine is produced from grapes from San Juan & Cuyo and produced at their winery in Tulum. In other words it’s from a wide region of the Mendoza province – but for the price it’s good wine and goes very well with beef dishes. Tasting notes: Inky…

Trivento Reserve Malbec

We visited Mendoza less than a year ago and spent 5 days tasting  Malbec, Torrontes and Chardonnay. Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, vineyards are planted at the some of the highest altitudes in the world with the average site located 600-1,100 meters above sea level. The…

Trivento Private Reserve Malbec

Trivento is the global market leader in Argentinian wines. We visited the winery in November 2016 and tried their entire range. The UK offerings are mostly retailed in Tesco, which sells the Parra Alta Malbec and the reserve Malbec. They have also recently introduced this ‘Private Reserve’ Malbec, which is grown at altitude in the…

Santa Julia Chardonnay

Trivento may be the  global market leader in Argentinian wines but they have real competition in the £8-£10 bracket, especially from this Chardonnay. Santa Julia is from the Zuccardi brand. We first tasted Zuccardi in Argentina last year and immediately loved their Chardonnays. Waitrose have a ‘buy any 3 bottles get 25% off’ deal and…

Trivento Chardonnay

Trivento is the global market leader in Argentinian wines. We visited the winery in November 2016 and tried their entire range (pictures below). The UK offerings are mostly retailed in Tesco and no longer include the Parra Alta Chardonnay (£5.50) price-point, which is a shame as this was excellent value. Tesco still sell the Parra…

Santa Julia Malbec.

Malbec is everywhere, and here is yet another – however this one bares the name of Zuccardi (albeit discretely); excellent producers of Argentinian wines. Their wines are produced responsibly, organically and fairly – which is important in what is essentially a developing world economy. Tasting notes: Notes of cherry, plum and spice. Excellent velvety mouth-feel. Full…

Comuna Pinot Grigio – Sainsbury’s

Pinot Grigio is probably the world’s favourite wine. A lot of it is insipid plonk, good for glugging with Doritos and a movie. Italy sells more Pinot Grigio than it produces apparently. Apparently this is because it’s the world’s most faked wine. Why on earth would you fake a wine that retails at £5 a…

Parra Alta Malbec

Tasting Notes: Vibrant, inky red. Full bodied, good tannins. Had a period in oak, which gives it a vanilla aroma. Met the winemaker, Maximiliano Ortiz in Mendoza, Argentina in November 2016. I tasted this, sold elsewhere in the world as Trivento Tribu, their entry level Malbec. I thought it was very good, my wife preferred…