Altosur Bonarda 2013

Country
Argentina
Region
Mendoza
Producer
Finca Sophenia
Grape(s)
Bonarda (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Juicy
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
14
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Allergens
Sulphites: Yes, Milk: No, Egg: No

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Region

The biggest and most important of Argentina`s wine regions, Mendoza includes a wide variety of altitudes and micro-climates to allow a huge range of wine styles. Many early winemakers were of Italian origin and brought with them their native Barbera, Bonarda and Sangiovese. However, it is Malbec, originally from Bordeaux and the south west of France, that has established the most successful presence in Mendoza.

Producer

Located in the high altitude Tupungato Valley region of Mendoza, this modern winery benefits from a long, cool growing season and strong UV sunlight that helps maximise the aromas and complexity of the resulting grapes. Tupungato sits at the western extreme of Mendoza right at the foot of the Andes mountains with an elevation of 1,200 meters giving benefit to the vineyards from a much cooler climate, abundant sun, and sharp contrast between day and night temperatures. When all the above is combined it allows the winemaker the opportunity to produce wines with utmost expression. Wine consultant Michel Rolland (from Bordeaux) has added his expertise to this project and in the last few years since launch the range of wines have received numerous awards and accolades.

Tasting Notes

Argentina is famed for its Malbec, however, the Bonarda grape variety, originally from Lombardy in France (known there as Douce Noir) is increasing in popularity and quality. Deep ruby in colour this wine is busrting full of black fruit aromas on the nose. The palate is smooth and ripe with intense flavours of blackcurrants, black cherries and hints of vanilla. Full bodied with soft tannins, this is a delicious wine to rival the Argentinian malbec.

Food

Serve with steak or barbequed red meats.