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Argento Wins Gold at Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

May 13th, 2015

 

 

Results from the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards are out, and Argento Reserva Malbec 2013 has won a prestigious GOLD MEDAL.

Esquinas de Argento Malbec 2013 was also awarded a SILVER MEDAL

Argento Bonarda 2014 and Argento Selección Chardonnay 2014 both received BRONZE MEDALS.

Muchas gracias to Decanter Magazine for the recognition, and congratulations to the whole team at Bodega Argento.

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History

Deeply rooted in the soils of Mendoza, crafted with the spirit of Argentina, and shared with the world, Argento embodies the essence of modern Argentina. Our story is simple – Argento is intrinsically entwined with its country of origin. When you drink our wines, you experience the real Argentina.

In 1998 we recognized an opportunity to unlock the extraordinary potential of Malbec. Our team of winemakers set out with the goal of revealing its vibrant, velvety character and the intense flavors of Malbec grown at the foothills of the Andes.

 

Following on from our original Malbec vision, we now also produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and more. We are very proud of our country’s winemaking heritage and the unique terroir of Mendoza, and we are dedicated to crafting wines that emphasize the hallmarks of the Argento style – fruit purity, vibrancy and elegance.

Whether you are drinking Argento in Buenos Aires, New York, London or Tokyo, you’ll taste all that we love about Argentina.

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Vineyards

No other wine region in the world has Mendoza’s unique combination of high altitude terrain, desert climate, low humidity and natural irrigation from glacial snowmelt.

The Province of Mendoza is Argentina’s largest and most important wine region, where more than 80% of the country’s top wines are produced. Situated in the foothills of the Andes, at the Western border of Argentina, Mendoza is between the latitudes of 32 and 37 degrees south. Mendoza is as far away from the equator as Napa and many other world class wine regions in the world.

 

The province has a unique desert climate with low rainfall and 300 days of sunshine a year. Glacial melt-waters flow from the Andes into the vineyards as natural irrigation. The low incidence of pests, unwanted moisture, rot and fungus mean there is little need for pesticides or fungicides.

 

The Andes are responsible for the higher altitude at which Malbec and other varieties flourish, and where the penetrating sunlight intensity endows the grapes with vibrant flavor and deep color. The wines also show aromatic freshness with floral notes (in particular, violet for Malbec), and great complexity due to the ripeness of the tannins.

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Winemaking

At Argento, we have always had a strong belief that blending fruit sourced from a variety of altitudes, soil profiles and microclimates creates more interesting wines with greater complexity and balance. Our grapes come from vineyards throughout the main regions of Mendoza: the Uco Valley, the Central Region and the Eastern Region.

Within these three regions there are numerous sub-regions, such as Agrelo, Tupungato, Maipú, Luján de Cuyo and San Carlos where the climate, altitude and soil profile differ considerably.

 

We make the most of Mendoza’s natural conditions and find the best balance between terroir, canopy management, and grape variety. We nurture our vines so they grow to be healthy and the grapes achieve perfect ripeness. We harvest at the exact moment when the balance between sugar, acids and polyphenols is right.

 

In the winery, our grapes are pressed with the greatest care and fermented at controlled temperatures to extract all the intense fruit characters. We protect the must from oxidation at all times to keep our wines as fresh as possible.

In the blending process we combine grapes from up to 12 different vineyard sites, allowing us to craft the very best blend for each wine.

Finally, we select only the best French and American oak to age our wines and develop the vanilla, tobacco and chocolate characters, bringing even further complexity to the blends of the final wines.

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Inside information

Bodega Argento is situated at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Maipú area of Mendoza’s Central Region where our vineyards benefit from the high-altitude desert climate, intense sunlight exposure and pure glacial melt-waters.

The winery is ideally located in close proximity to many of the sub-regions from which we source fruit, including our estate-owned vineyards in the Cruz de Piedra, Alto Agrelo, Ugarteche and Altamira districts of Mendoza.

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 Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Bodega Argento . In a tasting of  2 wines 

Lunch with Alberto Antonini / Named as one of the top 5 winemakers in the world by Decanter wine magazine, the composed and eloquent Alberto Antonini flew to Adelaide to walk us – the Australian wine media – through a selection of wines from the Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Vineyards portfolio.  Alberto is consultant winemaker to the family group, and currently oversees winemaking in the USA, Argentina, Uruguay, France, Italy and soon, the Barossa Valley in South Australia.


“There are two ways to make wine: you make wine for the market, or you find a market for the wine. The market has become too powerful, homogenisation is common.  In this way, authenticity goes to hell.” – A. Antonini


Alberto is virtually obsessed by the notion of authenticity in wine; many times throughout lunch explaining his views on terroir, site and expression.  Counting off his fingers he said, “There are five enemies to authenticity: 1) over-maceration; 2) over-extraction; 3) over oak; 4) the viticulturist using chemicals in the vineyard and 5) the winemaker and their ego.  A wine should be about style and site over maker.” Discussing the decision to farm organically without chemicals, enhance soil management and boost healthy biodiversity in the vineyards, Antonini explained that these techniques encourage the vine’s roots to dig deeper. “Superficial roots are responsible for very boring wines,” he commented with noticeable derision.   “Pushing the varietal in the label of a premium wine is very superficial.  The grapes are citizens of the world – they go everywhere.  What you should put on the label is the region.  Varieties are broad.  The region is specific.”


This brings us to the reason for our meeting: Oil and gas billionaire Alejandro Bulgheroni has expanded his wine empire to Australia: in 2011 he purchased a 12ha vineyard in the Barossa for $1.95 million.  In partnership with winemaker Amelia Nolan, the Bulgheroni Family Vineyards will release a range of straight varietal wines from the Barossa.  Amelia is GM of the South Australia based Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Vineyards and will be working with Alberto on the 12ha Barossa site, which Amelia described as “a unique and special place to make wine”.  Located a touch further south than the Kalleske vineyard in northern Barossa, “we will build something new from old vines”.  Currently the site – once belonging to Les Kalleske- is composed of 6ha of Grenache, Mouvedre and Semillon, and 6ha of Shiraz (pl. 1998).   They plan to plant a further 18ha of the same in the coming year.  Over a period of 3 years, Bulgheroni, Nolan and Antonini “…looked at all of Australia,” said Nolan, “…we wanted a unique vineyard site that was not only a good fit for our portfolio, but also provided an opportunity to do something new on old bones.”


Unfortunately, the market will have to wait until 2018 for the release of these Barossan Bulgheroni wines, but if they’re anything like the pure, structured, balanced and authentic wines that currently populate the Bulgheroni portfolio, then we’re in for a treat.


 

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