Wine Fair Preview: Argentina
Published:  18 May, 2007

Award-winning altitude

Finca Flichman will be launching a single varietal range called Gesto which mixes grapes from its vineyards in ­Barrancas and Tupungato. Fruit from the former, which has an altitude of 700m, provides the fruit and body, while that from Tupungato (1,100m) provides the finesse and elegance. Labels explain how soil at different altitudes can affect the wine. Ricardo Rebelo, vice president of Finca Flichman, says: "We always talk about the importance of altitude in Argentina, but the consumer needs help understanding what this actually means. Our labels will illustrate just how varied the soils are between vineyards at different altitudes, and how that might affect the wines." Stand P20- Q18

Rutini Wines is hoping to appeal to every market with three different collections. Its premium range, Felipe Rutini, includes a Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot and ­Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the recently added Malbec/Merlot blend Encuentro, and Apartado, a small-production red blend created in outstanding vintages. Trumpeter is its mid-price range which has already been successful in the USA and Canada, and San Felipe is the group's entry-level wine made from a large number of grape ­varieties.

Stand P20/Q18

Stratford's Wine Agencies ha s added a new wine to its portfolio. Pascual Toso Gran Reserva is a Malbec/Cabernet ­Sauvignon with an rrp of £28.99. ­ Stratford's will also be showing a full range of wines from Maipu including the Magdalena Malbec/Cabernet ­Sauvignon produced by Rolando Luppino and Paul Hobbs. Stand F22

Peter Lehmann Wines ha s three wines from Bodega Colomé, ­Argentina's oldest working ­winery. Wines on show include the ­winery's Torrontés which won gold in the latest Wines of ­Argentina awards. Stand L30

C oncha & Toro is unveiling new packaging for Otra Vida, which uses grapes sourced from a number of vineyards in Mendoza. A Pinot Noir, a Malbec rosé and a Merlot have been added to the range . Bodegas Trivento will launch a new late harvest wine called Brisas de Otoño - a blend of 50 per cent Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Stand T50

Moreno has signed up Patagonia-based Familia Schroeder, whose Saurus Select range includes a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and reds. Stand H10

New packaging has also been created for El Portillo, the single varietal range from Salentein's family of wines. The new look labels will be revealed at the D&D Wines International stand and have been designed to highlight the Mendoza ­winery's unique gravity flow method and its environmental commitment. Wines in the range include Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay and a rosado. Stand L10

Mo ët Henness y's oenology director, Manuel Louzada, presents Terrazas de los Andes' first wine under screwcap - Terrazas Reserva Chardonnay 2006 - alongside new vintages of the estate's Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon and ­Afincado Cabernet. Cheval des Andes 2002 - the joint venture between Terrazas and Bordeaux's Château Cheval Blanc - will also be available to taste. ­

Stand G32

Familia Zuccardi ha s added two new wines to the Santa Julia Reserva Range - a Bonarda and a Syrah - released in updated packaging which has also been applied to the Santa Julia Syrah rosé, Torrontés and Viognier 2007 and the 2006 vintages of the Santa Julia Reserva Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo.

The Textual range has been extended to include two new varietals - Carmenère and Tannat - and the Santa Julia ­Innovacion range now includes the Santa Julia Touriga Nacional 2006. José Alberto Zuccardi will be on the stand for the duration of the show, as will José Asensio and Marcelo Marasco of the export and marketing departments.

Stand P20-Q18

Halewood International and Chalié Richards launch Andean, a new organic wine range developed in partnership with Finca las Moras. Visitors can try the range, which consists of Malbec and Chardonnay/Torrontés at the stand or on sailing barge Lady Daphne, which will be moored in the Royal Victoria Dock throughout the show. Stand G40

HBJ is showing Trapiche's new Melodias range as well as Trapiche's Malbec Single Vineyard 2004. Stand I21

Freixenet expands its South American portfolio with Viento Sur, named after the southerly breeze in Mendoza, which consists of four single varietal wines: Torrontés, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Stand Q40

Bottle Green will present its range of Fairtrade wines from La Riojana ­Co-­operative in Argentina, Viñedos de la Posada.

Stand D68

February's Argentina Wine Awards

in Mendoza saw 24 gold, 145

silver and 199 bronze medals awarded to wines from all over the country.

They were chosen after three days of intensive tasting by leading UK and Argentinian experts, including Jancis

Robinson MW, Oz Clarke and Pedro Marchevsky.

Now the rest of the trade will be given the chance to try the best of those chosen at Wines of Argentina's stand at the LIWSF (P20-P30 & Q18).

The stand is "all singing, all dancing and much more inviting than the old one ", according to director James Forbes. He promises the re will be plenty that visitors won't have seen before. As well as awarded wines, there will be new wineries, some of wh ich are seeking UK distributors.

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