Argentine Wines: Sauvignon Blanc

The Sauvignon Blanc (Savage White) grape originally grew wild in the South West of France. Once its wine potential was exploited it was not only grown in France, its main producer, but also in a variety of regions including Australia, New Zeland, South Africa, Canada, Chile and as a promising newcomer to the Sauvignon scene, Argentina.

The wide span of locations in which Sauvignon Blanc is produced has signified variations in the flavor of this fresh crisp white wine, depending on the climate and altitude.

Argentine varieties of Sauvignon Blanc are fruity with hints of grapefruit, apple, and jasmine and  have a subtle smoky flavor when produced at higher altitudes and in Patagonia.

This wine is great for the warm seasons as it pairs well with light foods such as seafood, fish, salads and goat cheese. It is also a good option for a spicy meal as its freshness complements the fire in mouth sensations well.  A glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc can also make a great aperitif, perhaps in the evening by the pool deck.

For a special sample of Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, don’t miss our weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800.

Wine Regions of Argentina: Mendoza

Valle de Uco, Mendoza

Situated in the West of the country, Mendoza, Argentina’s most important wine region, is famous for its dark purple Malbec grapes as well as for its Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot amongst others.  The province, which has stable temperatures, a lot of sun,  and a unique terroir, irrigates its beautiful vineyards with the glacial water of the Andes Mountains that serve as a spectacular backdrop.

The region is geographically divided into many sub regions amongst which Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco stand out in terms of wine production.

Lujan de Cuyo is just south of Mendoza city and reaps the benefits of irrigating its top-quality vineyards with high-purity and low salinity water from the glacial Mendoza River. Right next to Lujan de Cuyo is Agrelo, a smaller sub-region that also produces wonderful Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

Valle de Uco is a valley at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, set on the north of the Tunuyan River and is considered to be one of the best areas for the wine industry. This area also produces nuts and fruits and is a great place to visit due to its stunning scenery. More information and investment opportunities in the Uco Valley are available at La Morada de Los Andes.

To try wines from the Mendoza area book your place in one of our Thursday wine tasting starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800.

Copied below are the wines we will be trying today:

Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Agrelo – Lujan de Cuyo – Mendoza

Escorihuela Gascón Pequeñas Producciones Chardonnay 2009 – Agrelo – Lujan de Cuyo – Mendoza

Ocio Merlot 2009 – Alto Valle – Río Negro – Patagonia

Patritti Primogénito Malbec 2008 – San Patricio del Chañar – Neuquén – Patagonia

Antucura Grand Vin 2005 – Vistaflores – Tunuyan – Valle de Uco – Mendoza