During this year, wineries launched an array of products; here, we keep you up to date with what’s new on the market.
Alta Vista presented VIVE – a line of wines designed for young consumers comprising four varietals: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Torrontés and Chardonnay. Two additional labels complement the portfolio: a Red Blend and a Malbec Rosé. "This new line invites you to connect with the wine through the classic and elegant and at the same time with the avant-garde and creative nature of the VIVE creation," explained Julia Cerutti, marketing and sales manager of Alta Vista.
Altos Las Hormigas launched Malbec Terroir Luján de Cuyo. This new wine enhances the Malbec portfolio within the line carrying the same name of the project – Terroir – made with Malbec grapes sourced from Uco Valley. Soils at the estate vineyard that immediately surrounding the winery contain plenty of calcium carbonate. The result is a wine that reflects Luján de Cuyo’s calcareous soil with a subtle minerality in the nose also found on the palate, giving the wine an energetic, vibrant mouth feel. It is the first Malbec that the winery has labelled Organic Wine since the Luján de Cuyo farm obtained organic certification. This Malbec’s first lot was harvested in 2016 and only 9,500 bottles have been produced.
Bianchi launched the first line of premium wines made in its new winery "Enzo Bianchi" in Vista Flores, Uco Valley. Gran Famiglia Bianchi is a 100% Malbec, while the Malbec and Merlot blend, made in equal parts, adds in Petit Verdot, Tannat and Cabernet Franc for complexity. These wines were aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, are elegant, well balanced and express full fruit flavours.
Casarena presented its new Single Vineyard Brut Rosé sparkling wine, a Champenoise made from 100% Pinot Noir base that procures freshness and elegance. Aromas of freshly harvested red fruits, hints of citrus with slight memories of toast on the finish are expressive. The naturally delicate grapes used to elaborate this sparkling wine come from Perdriel, located in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza.
Estancia Mendoza launched two varietals from its Estancia Mendoza Reserva line, a Malbec and a Cabernet Sauvignon. These products fall under the Reserva wine segment.
Lagarde presented Sauvignon Blanc 2017, a new addition the Guarda Sisters' Selection line, whose common point is terroir quality. Grapes are sourced from a small lot in Gualtallary located at 1,400 metres above sea level and only 2,550 bottles have been produced. This line does not come out every year but there will be new vintages when the wine expresses the most of what is sought: flavour, intensity and a good finish. The grapes come from a zone sporting a wide temperature range and calcareous soils, so fruity and mineral notes are expressed to the maximum, achieving an outstanding typical flavour and freshness.
Bodega Salentein launched Salentein Reserve Rosado, a version made with Syrah clone 99 grapes from Finca el Oasis vines planted in 1996. This wine is pale pink and shiny due to its short maceration. In the nose intense fresh fruits aromas such as strawberries and cherries combined with subtle floral notes are perceived. On the palate it is fruity and balanced, with a fresh and persistent finish.