El Abasto – Malbec, Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina
Info: The Zuccardi family have created an excellent range of commercial wines. Chenin-Torrontes, Villa Vieja, from vineyards in Mendoza sees Chenin (grape of the Loire) meet Torrontes (grape of northern Spain) to create an intriguing example of Argentinean fusion. Not a natural winery, though one that is striving for affordable quality. It is the El Abasto range of wines that show best what Argentina is capable of. The relaxed vinification of the reds highlights the excellent quality of the fruit. The Malbec is punchy, red fruits and tannins in alignment. We were really impressed with this winery and hope to see more of them in the future.
Tasting notes: Wonderfully full, rich, chocolatey, spicy, peppery mix of black cherry and redcurrant flavours in the mouth
Pairing: Drink chilled alongside a plate of charcuterie.