Argentina is out in force

14 May, 2010

Finca Las Moras is rolling out Alma Mora, a new range for independents. Pitched at £5.99, the wines – a Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec – come from the San Juan region. Also on show will be the latest vintages from its Varietal, Reserve, Black Label, Pacha Mama, Mora Negra and Three Valleys ranges. Wines of Argentina, stand S20??LIWF regular Familia Zuccardi will present its latest novelty – Santa Julia Magna Malbec 2008 – a premium offering for the off-trade with an rrp of £9.99. Stand S20??Don’t miss the award-winning wines of Pascual Toso including Pascual Toso Malbec 2008 and the top offering Magdalena, vintages 2005 and 2006. Stratford’s Wine Agencies, stand N22??Looking for something different to spice up your range? In 2009 Mauricio Lorca made Malbrontes, a blend of Malbec from Vista Flores in Mendoza and with 5% of Torrontés from the Fatima Valley in La Rioja. Laurie Webster at Las Bodegas, the importer for Mauricio Lorca wines, says that the wine is “going like a train” in the independent sector. Come and see why. Alongside will be the wines from Gouguenheim and Eral Bravo, also represented by Las Bodegas. Stand S20??François Lurton will offer vertical tastings of his top wines from Argentina: Piedra Negra Malbec, the Chacayes Malbec-based blend and Gran Lurton Cabernet Sauvignon. Other favourites on show include the Reserva Pinot Gris and Malbec wines. Stand S11??Victor Marcantoni, winemaker for the Graffigna winery in San Juan, will join the Pernod Ricard team to show new vintages of the Classic and Centenario ranges. Stand K52/L50 ?Marina Herlin will represent O Fournier’s wines from Argentina with Seckford Agencies. Come and taste wines including Spiga 2005, Urban Ribera 2007 and Torrontés from Salta. Agents Arena, stand G3??Bibendum is showing wines from its two Argentinian agencies: Catena and VC Family Estates. The Alamos range from Bodegas Catena Zapata will appear under screwcap for the first time, flanked by the 2007 vintage of Adrianna Vineyard Malbec, Nicasia Vineyard Malbec, Argentino Malbec and top wine Nicolas Catena Zapata. VC Family Estates specialises in wines from southern Neuquén and its focus is on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Stand L30??The selection of Viñalba wines will include some special edition Malbec blends as well as the flagship Viñalba Malbec Reserva. Viñalba’s Diane Joyaux Fabré will be present at the LIWF to present the wines. Stand R72??Escorihuela Gascón and PLB will show the 1994 President’s Blend and Don Miguel Escorihuela wines which both scooped gold medals in this year’s Argentina Wine Awards. The new look for the Sol Amante range will also be revealed. Stand N60??Concha y Toro-owned Trivento will roll out Otra Vida Winemakers Selection comprising a Chardonnay from Tupungato and a Malbec from Maipú (rrp £8.99) and the new Colección Fincas single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009. Head to the Fine Wine Room to taste Eolo Malbec 2007, a blend of Malbec with a drop of Syrah from a vineyard in Luján de Cuyo. Stand O50 ?The wines from family-run Domingo Hermanos in mountainous northern Salta will feature Torrontés, the mainstay of the business, but don’t miss the reds – Domingo Molina Malbec, Domingo Molina Tannat and the top end Rupestre blend. Some of the producer’s new vineyards are located at Quebrada de las Flechas, a spectacular valley located at the dizzy height of 2,300 metres. Meanwhile the thoroughly contemporary NQN winery in Patagonia will offer its full range including Pinot Noir wines, Malma Cuvée Extra Brut NV and the top Colección Malbec. Both are represented by UK agent Hispamerchants. Stand S20??Clos de los Siete 2008 will be shown, along with a portfolio of Champagne, Bordeaux and Languedoc wines, on Groupe Thiénot’s stand. This is the seventh vintage of the well-known Mendoza red blend, which continues to be overseen by Michel Rolland and, for the first time, has Petit Verdot contributing 2%. Stand F74

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