This week we present a brace of wines from opposite sides of the world.
Our first is a gorgeously fresh white from Italy, Cortese 2014 Araldica from Piemonte in the north of the country.
Araldica Castelvero is a cooperative cellar based in the village of Castel Boglione, in Asti, Piedmont. Cortese is one of the main white grapes grown here. This wine is sourced from the grape’s heartland of Gavi and from vineyards in the surrounding Alto Monferrato region. The crushing, pressing, winemaking and aging all happens at Castelvero.
The grapes are, just like Gavi, 100% Cortese. In this case, the fruit comes from the wider Piemonte region and from declassified Gavi crops, making this a Gavi in style if not in name.
We’ve picked it as our wine of the week for that reason – it’s a classic Italian white wine. Light bodied, it’s zesty with crisp, refreshing fruit character and makes a tremendous aperetif. Like all Italian wines, it’s great with food, too – try Spaghetti alla Genovese!
The second wine we’ve picked is Ben Marco Malbec 2013 by Dominio del Plata in Mendoza, Argentina.
Argentina has become the unchallenged home of Malbec, and this is a top example of why.
Dominio del Plata sits in the heart of Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. It is equipped with state of the art technology designed to produce high-end, top quality wines. The winery was established in 1999 by owners Susan and Pedro, who built it with environmental sustainability in mind.
The grapes for the Ben Marco are hand picked from the foothills of the Andes. Altitude is exceptionally important to wine production in Mendoza, higher sites are cooler and have a greater range of temperature between day and night – called diurnal range. A hot day ripens the sugars in the grape and the cool night develops the acids.
It’s an expressive and concentrated drop, full bodied with aromas of rich, ripe, red fruit and roasted coffee beans. Flavours of jammy cherry and blackberry are followed by a hint of vanilla, and it’s a great pairing to grilled red meats, medium hard cheeses or meat-based pasta dishes.
You can try both of these wines in any of our stores in the UK all week, and the teams will be happy to tell you all about them!