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90+ Rated South American Reds

Mendoza | Maipo | Patagonia 750 ml
  • Tastes like
  • Berry
  • Smoky wood
  • Cherry
  • Good with
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Its also
  • Ecological
  • 90+
¥340
¥525
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    Description: 

    Wine in South America is older than you think. They have actually been making wine since the 1500’s, but only now the South American wine industry is booming… and it’s because the region has some very unique benefits. Argentina is 5th in the world’s wine production and Chile is 9th. Production is ramping up everywhere from Patagonia to The Pampas, and as it does, winemakers are uncovering a wealth of diversity hidden within some of the New World’s oldest vines.
    We are thrilled to offer you a highly rated trio of South American wines you should get a taste of! Best of all, for a limited time you can get all three bottles for only ¥340!

    1 x 2017 Ventisquero Reserva Carménère | Maipo, Chile

    Viña Ventisquero was founded in the late 1990s by Gonzalo Vial and has quickly gone on to become one of the countries top wine producers. With a winery based in the coastal Maipo Valley the estate sources grapes from the prestigious Casablanca, Leyda, Colchagua and Apalta Valley regions to produce a range of sought-after, awardwinning wines. Young, dynamic and innovative, the wines of Viña Ventisquero provide a captivating glimpse into the diversity of terroirs of this exciting wine nation. This Reserva Carménère, Chile's signature red grape, is cherry red with maroon hues. The nose reveals black and red fruit, such as blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, strawberries and cherries, as well as spicy notes that blend harmoniously with hints of chocolate, tobacco and vanilla. This wine has a wellbalanced body and big, smooth tannins which deliver a clean and elegant finish.
    Gold Medal Winner awarded at Berlin Wine Trophy, rated 90/100 by La Cav.  

    1 x 2017 Manos Negras Pinot Noir | Patagonia, Argentina

    Manos Negras was founded in 2010 by three of the senior managers from the legendary Catena Zapata winery in Mendoza, including Alejandro Sejanovich, one of the leading viticulturists in Argentina. In only 10 years Manos Negras has built an impressive reputation, winning critical acclaim and multiple awards for their wines.
    Good freshness and clean aromas of red berries with the faintest hints of earth. The palate is juicy and soft, with a silky texture and a supple finish. Pleasant and accessible, this is a great value and represents a superb entry level to the place and variety.
    Rated 91/100 by Tim Atkin. 

    1 x 2017 Altos Las Hormigas Tinto Malbec | Medoza, Argentina

    Founded in 1995 by a consortium of prominent Italian winemakers, Altos Las Hormigas has quickly become a serious player in the world of Malbec.
    This classic Argentinean Malbec shows aromas of red fruits and baking spice, but it also shows subtle citric notes, like fresh tangerine rind. The palate is round with a silky texture and concentrated flavors, an easy-to-drink wine. The finish is long and refreshing, with smooth and inviting acidity. 
    Rated 90/100 by James Suckling.

    Variety Description

    Malbec

    Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to mature.

    Carménère

    The Carménère (or Carmenère or Carmenere) grape is a member of the Cabernet family of grapes originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, where it was used to produce deep red wines and occasionally used for blending purposes. Now rarely found in France, the world's largest area planted with this variety is in Chile. Carménère wine has a deep red color and aromas found in red fruits, spices and berries. The tannins are gentler and softer than those in Cabernet Sauvignon and it is a medium body wine.

    Pinot Noir

    Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. When young, wines made from Pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wines age, Pinots have the potential to develop vegetal and "barnyard" aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.

    Country Description

    Argentina

    The Argentine wine industry is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world, but consuming 90% of the wine it produces themselves. The most important wine regions of the country are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja with the Mendoza province producing more than 60% of the Argentine wine. Due to the high altitude and low humidity of the main wine producing regions, Argentine vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases that affect vineyards in other countries. There are many different varieties of grapes in Argentina, reflecting the country's many immigrant groups. The French brought Malbec, which makes most of Argentina's best-known wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and other international varieties are also becoming more widely planted.

    Chile

    The climate in Chile has been described as midway between that of California and France with the most common grapes grown being Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carménère. Other wine varieties include Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet franc, Pinot noir, Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera, Malbec, and Carignan. White wine varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Sauvignon vert, Sémillon, Riesling, Viognier, Torontel, Pedro Ximénez, Gewürztraminer and Muscat of Alexandria. The climate is varied with the northern regions being very hot and dry compared to the cooler, wetter regions in the south.

    Region Description

    Mendoza

    The Mendoza Province is one of Argentina's most important wine regions, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the country's entire wine production. 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 pink-skinned grapes of Criolla Grande and Cereza account for more than a quarter of all plantings but Malbec is the region's most important planting followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay.

    Maipo

    Maipo Valley is the closest Chilean wine region to Santiago, the capital city of Chile, and located in the middle of the country. The valley is divided between three sub-regions, Alto Maipo, Central Maipo, and Pacific Maipo. Maipo is renown for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, ripe, subtle, spicy and complex with its signature, powerful eucalyptus and blackcurrant flavours. It amounts for over 60% of the regions 10,000ha. Merlot, Chardonnay and Carmenere are also important.

    Patagonia

    Patagonia is South America's southernmost wine-producing region. Despite being one of the world's least-obvious places for quality viticulture, this desert region – with its cool, dry climate – has proved itself well suited to producing elegant red wines from Pinot Noir and Malbec. Patagonia is a desert, and viticulture is possible only near the rivers, where meltwater from the Andes is abundant for irrigation. The classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing season in the region, slowing ripening in the grapes and letting them develop rich varietal character while retaining acidity.