BEST Wine for Beginners: ARGENTINIAN WINE
Hello, welcome to Underneath the bottle my name is Michael and today we’re going to take a closer look at the wines from Argentina So what makes Argentina such a special winemaking place on Earth? …well Altitude… Geography The wines from Argentina are planted on some of the highest altitudes in the world. Some people suggests, meters about… 1200 meters above Sea level is the best point of quality for high altitude status wine. So this means that the grapes up there are affected more by stronger sun-rays as the air is a lot thinner. And it’s ripened fruit a lot quicker. Well luckily the night temperature cools off the grapes and and keeps the acidity while slowly ripening. Two major factors that make Argentina such a great place unique place to make wine Now! I’m going to show you of two bottles of wine one white and one red, and let’s start with the white one Alright, alright so here I have a Torrontes Which is a great variety from Argentina? I want to show you some unique grape varieties that really speak the voice of Argentina I mean, they make excellent Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs as well But Torrontes is the character of Argentina when it comes to white. And these grape varieties make a wine that is very fresh, highs aromatic and gives a Smooth texture to the wine, and it has a lot of resemblance to Muscat and Gewurztraminer. The really cool thing about this vineyard in particular Colome Is that it’s located in Salta, and in one of the highest… this is actually the highest located vineyard in the world With the height of uhmmm.. 3111 meters above sea level That’s so cool So yeah, expect like tropical fruit Young Pineapple roses, apricot and like almonds on the finish. So the challenges between… High altitude and low altitude is to find a balance between the activity in the alcohol level When you find something as right as this, it’s very rewarding Now, we’re going to move a little bit down south. We’re going to go to Mendoza. Which is the biggest… …producing wine region of them all in Argentina. I think they cover about… Sixty percent of the production. All right, Malbec! Now, this is the signature grape variety of Argentina. To really understand, Argentina. You have to have tasted this. So Malbec is a grape variety that is one of the noble grape varieties of Bordeaux. It originated in France and it found it’s way to Argentina! Let’s taste it! As you can see also here on this label. They focus on the altitude, and the mountain ranges and also this…what is this? A vulture? So they’re also very Focused on on the the heights of Argentina So Malbec is a grape variety with a very thick skin and therefore it can take that sun exposure Mmm. Love that! Very plummy, right? The tannins here very soft… naturally! And fruit is always very present in a Malbec. It also has a lot of flavor to offer, like I get spliced in the back-tone Not just that fruit but also dark cherries and that plum! It’s so good. Other grape varieties, red wine, you can find in Argentina that they do really well is… Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon But Malbec very food friendly, any kind of meat Dish. Barbecue stuff. Pizza, Pasta! Argentina, it’s very influenced by immigrants from from ehh… Post-War, I know a lot of Japanese people went to south America. I guess that’s that, if you like this video And want to see more of these videos. I mean, we’ve done Spain and Italy! When we hit 400 subscribers. I’m going to do another one, and I want to know what countries you want me to Focus on next! Untill next time! Double, glass, kan…. …(kan)pai!