When we think of Argentinian red wine of course we think of Malbec but have you tried Bonarda (or Duche Noir as they call it in Argentina)? Plantings in Argentina are rapidly increasing for this more rustic grape variety making it the second most widely planted red grape in the whole of Argentina. Where Malbec is fruit forward and full of jammy, plummy notes, Bonarda is slightly more refined, the fruit is more subtle and the structure is more evident. A more aromatic and slightly spicy character shines through with this grape with fennel, violet and 5-spice showing in lots of examples. If you are a fan of Argentina and their wines (like we are) we recommend giving this a go. It is another string to the Argentinian wine bow and very much up and coming.
Delicate sour cherry characteristics on the nose are followed by a palate of both strawberry and blackberry. We love the hints of mint and violet. This is rustic with a smoky character yet not overpowering in any way with delicate characteristics. Low in tannins with a bright acidity this is fresh and beautiful to drink without food.
For all of you foodies out there who love to experiment we would recommend grilled salmon steak with hoisin, creamy pasta or a Picada as called in Argentina (Italian meat and cheese platter). Enjoy!