Modern feel is reflected
At this year’s annual tasting the generic will show a new approach to the trade. For the first time, the event will feature a Media Zone with Twitter, Facebook and You Tube.
There will also be two satellite tables: Winemakers Choice up to £7.99 and Winemakers Choice between £8 and £12.99. All this will be complemented by two well-known Argentinian specialities: empanadas and tango.
Argentinian specialist Las Bodegas will show the wines of Atamisque, one of four new producers that have recently teamed up with the importer. The winery is owned by John Du Monceau and the focus is on high-end wines from vineyards at San José in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. Jean-Edouard de Rochebouët will present the wines. Other wineries represented by Las Bodegas will include Dominio del Plata, Bodega Benegas, RJ Viñedos, Bodega Enrique Foster and Bodega Mauricio Lorca.
Crush Wines is presenting the wines of Finca El Origen with three ranges offered: Varietal, Reserva and Gran Reserva. Syrah features in the line-up, as well as Torrontés from northern Cafayate.
There’s a trio of wines for the independents as Awin Barratt Siegel and Finca Agostino of Barrancas (Mendoza) unveil the Sol de Mayo range, comprising a Chardonnay, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, all set to retail at £6.99.
The 2009 vintage of Hacienda San José Malbec/Bonarda will be shown by Pascual Toso and Stratford’s. Alongside will be other wines from the range, such as the award-winning Pascual Toso Magdalena 2006, Torrontés 2010, Malbec 2009 and Malbec Rosé 2009.
Familia Schroeder, represented by Ellis of Richmond, will show its Alpataco and Patagonia Select wines as well as three sparkling wines including Deseado, a sweet sparkling Torrontés. Pinot Noir is a speciality for this producer and appears alongside Malbec in its top offering.
The wines of Finca Sophenia will be alongside – look out for the new Viognier and Syrah wines in the reserve range.
Hallgarten Druitt/Novum Wines will show Doña Paula Estate Malbec, Andeluna Cabernet Franc and the Torrontés wines of Michel Torino.
Kaiken Limited Selection Mal-bec/Bonarda/Petit Verdot 2008 makes its debut at the show with PLB. The wine is made by Chile’s Aurelio Montes at his Kaiken winery in Mendoza. There will also be Kaiken Malbec Rosé 2010 and the latest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec wines.
PLB will also show Humberto Canale’s wines from Patagonia, including the Black River organic wines, and the wines of Escorihuela Gascon, which will be fronted by the new 1884 Limited Production Single Vineyard Malbec 2007.
Bibendum has a selection spanning Mendoza and Patagonia. The new look for Argento Selección, replacing Argento Reserva, will be unveiled. The aim of the name change is to draw attention to the careful fruit sourcing for the wines, which target independents and retail at £7.99.
Bodega Catena Zapata will be represented by winemaker Mariela Molinari and winery and vineyard director Alejandro Sejanovich, who has played a major role in high-altitude viticulture in Mendoza and transforming the quality of Malbec. They will show 2007 vintage releases from the Alamos, Catena and Catena Alta ranges, including the top offering of Nicolas Catena Zapata.
VC Family Estates of Patagonia will be giving visitors the chance to try alternative wine styles. The producer’s Calafate and Kooch brands feature Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Malbec.
Bodega del Desierto of Patagonia is unveiling two ranges: 25/5 includes a Cabernet Franc and Syrah, while its premium sibling Desierto Pampa offers a Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Syrah and a late-harvest Viognier.
Michel Rolland’s 2008 Clos de los Siete, from the high-altitude vineyard in Vista Flores, will be available to taste. The percentage of Malbec in the blend has been increased and the wine (rrp £11.99)?is also said to have more of a mineral character due to the inclusion of 2% Petit Verdot.
Bodega Norton will be showing new labels for its Finca la Colonia range of unoaked varieties, targeted at independent retailers and the on-trade.