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Ra Ra Argentine Syrah

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

hacienda.JPGAfter championing as the Argentine prize, I thought I should balance my statements and so turned to the Hacienda’s Del Plata Mayoral 2004 Syrah.

This doesn’t beat around the bush and launches right in for the contact with blood and a really full bodied and opulent aroma. The palate is rich in heady hints of cigar box, cedar and fresh fennel.

Although perhaps a little austere compared to what I’ve been drinking recently – I’m reminded of my early days drinking red wines that were far more rustic and earthy than the modern trend of being full of berries.

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Estancia de Carodilla Malbec 2005

Friday, September 28th, 2007

willy-willy4.jpg is the Eva Peron of Argentinian varieties and its presence on a label has done much for the category of the premium production nation on the South American continent. Whilst Chile often delivers incredibly on value, packs in value with value added by diversity – especially in its ownership and complete creative license with the Malbec grape.

Insofar as Southern hemisphere sport is concerned – Argentina certainly holds its own on the Rugby field, but in the field of Malbec Argentina writes the rules.

The de Carodilla Malbec 2005 has a Medoc characteristic to it, with a rustic smokiness and distinct taste veins of strawberry and currents that course through the wine-dark juice. I’m reminded of the profile of certain Central Otago Pinot Noirs – except it delivers at a fraction of the price and much wider availability.

In an Argentinian wine-rugby club, anything with Malbec makes the side.

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