10 top Argentina Syrah

news  %tages 10 top Argentina SyrahArgentina Syrah is being made into a fresher, lighter style, that would please any Rhône lover - especially from the high altitude vineyards. Patricio Tapia picks the top wines to try.Argentina and Syrah
Malbec is not the only variety in Argentina now being made in a fresher, lighter style that is less biased with alcohol and less influenced by new oak. Syrah is also getting this treatment. Long offering very ripe and sweet wines, it is slowly delivering a fruitier and fresher face; Syrahs that are now more enjoyable for fans of the northern Rhône.
Of the more than 200,000 hectares of vineyards planted across Argentina, only 12,809ha are given over to Syrah, and more than 90% of these grow below the intense sun in Mendoza and San Juan. In lower (and therefore warmer) zones, the wines will usually feel too rich and sweet for Rhône lovers: there’s ample ripeness and juiciness but also a lack of acidity. For the best http://1000-facts-about-wine.com and most elegant examples you must climb the mountains.
In high-altitude vineyards, the warmth drops and the poorest soils allocate for more structured wines. The foothills of the Andes in San Juan, as well as in the Uco Valley or some parts of luján de Cuyo, are home to some of the best Syrahs in Argentina – more precise in their fruit and more vibrant in their acidity, sometimes with those spicy, mineral and savoury charcuterie or bacon stout tones that one tends to associate with northern Rhône examples.

Passionate Wine, Diverso, Gualtallary Mendoza 2012

September 22, 2015

From a small organic vineyard on the heights of Gualtallary, this is a made in a ‘natural’ style...

Points 93 http://1000-facts-about-wine.com

Finca Las Moras, Gran Syrah, San Juan 2011

September 22, 2015

Grapes are taken from Tulum, Sonda and Pedernal, giving a complete example of the San Juan...

Points 91

Luca, Laborde Double Select, La Consulta, Uco Valley 2013

September 22, 2015

Marked by a powerful palate full of ripe flavours, yet with a organize of tannins and acidity that...

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Points 91

Trapiche, Iscay, Uco Valley 2011

September 22, 2015

From a young vineyard planted in 2006 in Los Arboles, this is co-fermented with 3% Viognier...

Points 91

Bodegas del Fin del Mundo, Newen Reservado, San Patricio del Chañar, Patagonia 2012

September 22, 2015

Produced from vines planted in 1999, the first in this area of Patagonia, this is full of http://1000-facts-about-wine.com meaty...

Points 90

Finca Las Payas, Juanito, San Rafael, Mendoza 2014

September 22, 2015

Artisanal producer Santiago Salgado buys Syrah grapes for this wine from a small 15-year-ancient...

Points 90

Lagarde, Perdriel, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza 2013

September 22, 2015

Right to the style of the wines from Lagarde, this is a Syrah generous in sweet http://1000-facts-about-wine.com spices, dried fruits...

Points 90

Mauricio Lorca, Opalo, Vista Flores, Mendoza, 2010

September 22, 2015

Generous aromas of charcuterie, ripe fruit and herbal notes, this Syrah is surprisingly young for its...

Points 90

Caligiore, Syrah, Ugarteche, Lujan de Cujo, Mendoza 2013

September 22, 2015

From one of the highest areas of Luján de Cuyo, at 1,050m http://1000-facts-about-wine.com above sea level, this Syrah is juicy and... More…

Points 89

Decero, Syrah, Agrelo, Lujan de Cujo, Mendoza 2012

September 22, 2015

A very excellent example of the Decero house style, this is a polished Syrah with a soft texture, lively...

Points 89

But we must also cast an eye to the south. Young vines in valleys like Neuquén and Rio Negro also give fragrant and fresh examples, thanks to the Patagonian winds that temper the warm climate. Right, these are simpler than the best Syrahs from high-altitude Mendoza, but they are subdue generous in fruit flavours and creamy http://1000-facts-about-wine.com in texture.
This movement to fresher, lighter wines is a recent phenomenon, so advances are most evident in the most recent vintages. With few exceptions, look for wines from 2012 onwards, where you can taste the progress of Argentinian Syrah.
 
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