Tag: Argentina

Norton Privada 2009


Here’s another very satisfactory wine from Mendoza in Argentina.  This particular wine is a blend of malbec, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, with malbec dominant.  There are aromatics of plums, cured deli meats and smoked bacon.  The palate is generous with between medium and long length and flavours reminding of mulberry, plum and dark cherry.  This is a good to very good wine that provides a lot of enjoyment right now; I am not sure it will improve much from here though.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $27
Tasted: 2014

Catena Malbec 2011

Malbec, and more specifically, malbec from Mendoza is fast becoming my “go to” value wine.  I dare say that if my random selection of wines off a shelf is representative of overall quality and prices, they would keep a few local wineries awake at night.  Aromatics of game meats and blackcurrant.  The palate has medium length, acid and fine grained tannins, with the flavours also reminding of game and blackcurrants.  Enjoyable.  Good

Abv: 13.5%
Price: C$22
Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.catenawines.com
Tasted: 2014

Lo Tengo Torrontés 2011

This Torrontes from Mendoza in Argentina has muscat à petits grains style aromatics that are pronounced.  Yet the palate is bone dry and crisp, reminding of a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise without the residual sugar.  Certainly of interest for $12.  Acceptable

Abv: 13%
Price: $12
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: n/a
Region: Mendoza

Tasted: 2014
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Norton Malbec 2009

So, do you get a good malbec for $10 a bottle?  Given that the price of wine is made up of around 50% tax in Australia, in substance we are talking here about a $5 wine in Argentina.  The aroma is quite attractive: jammy fruit, spice and maybe a touch of earth.  The palate though is a bit hollow around the edges, with a touch of spice.  79 points.

Abv: 13.5%
Price: $10
Would I buy it having tasted it?  No
Website: http://www.norton.com.ar