For two days, hidden away behind the bustling streets of Hoxton, in the loft of JJ Studios, were a collection of the finest wines Argentina has to offer presented by the nation’s innovative winemakers.
Leading, modern winery, Doña Paula, showcased wines made using a controlled irrigation system with melt water from the Andes and minimum use of pesticides and fungicides in the vineyard. To minimise the impact on the environment weeds and endemic plants are preserved, and natural fertilisers are used to maximise the true expression of terroir. Included on the tasting table was the Sauvage Blanc, Argentina’s first sparkling wine made from Sauvignon Blanc and named ‘sauvage’ the French for wild
The selection of wines from Andeluna demonstrated the exceptional quality that can be achieved from vineyards planted in the foothills of the Andes, 4,300 feet above sea level. None more so than the Passionado, Cuatro Cepas 2012, made from the winery’s four key grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc), individually vinified and aged for 12 months, then blended and left to rest for six months in new French oak barrels; resulting in the perfect combination of Andeluna’s vines that year.
Riccitelli Wines set up in 2010 by, Matias Riccitelli, the rising star who has already made a huge mark on the Argentinian wine industry by winning multiple awards in such a short space of time. Matias creates each wine through the combination of high levels of technology, rich native soils and new winemaking techniques; culminating in a truly personal style. A style epitomised by the Riccitelli Semillon, made with 60 year old vines and for eight months; 50% in concrete eggs and 50% in oak barrels.
The selection of wines from each producer demonstrated an incredible consideration of the country’s terroir and how sustainable production methods create a unique wine. Each of the 40 producers in attendance are certainly not afraid to push the boundaries of winemaking and challenge the norm in pursuit of perfection.