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Argentina 2017, small but perfectly formed…

Normal service was resumed in Mendoza in 2017. Following the oddly atypical wet vintage of 2016, when it rained and rained, 2017 was a much more traditional, dry year.  A year of quality, if not volume.

Spring frosts put paid to a large flowering, but the following warm, dry conditions over the summer meant the fruit was allowed to reach full maturity with excellent concentration.  This is a vintage that will be remembered for high quality, with the wine showing remarkable aromas, colour and a good tannins, giving good ageing potential.

Like the 2017 vintage, our Argentine portfolio is small, but perfectly formed. We are immensely proud to represent two of the very top producers in Argentina, both of whom look to the future and are committed to the concept of "terroir" specific wines.

In 2016, Jose Zuccardi was deservedly awarded the IWC Lifetime Achievement Award and, with his son Sebastian now at the reins, and the new winery in the Uco Valley fully operational, the quality is going from strength to strength.  There is no complacency at Zuccardi and Sebastian continues to push forward, with an admirable determination to show the best expression of his grapes on the right sites and demonstrates the greatness that their country can offer.

At Vina Cobos, the magical touch of Paul Hobbs, one of the world's most respected winemakers shines through.  Paul's distinctive, precision winemaking coupled with his talent for seeking out the best sites, and his low interventionist philosophy, means that these wines are increasingly hitting the top scores with Parker, Suckling and others.  Some of these wines are made in very small quantities and we are lucky to be able to offer them to you. They are not to be missed.