Like in rugby, wine also has its own five nations challenge. Great noses unite to uncork the secrets of their countries’ best wine in the “Five Nations Wine Challenge”. On this occasion, the match will be played in Australia between five products from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Chile who will fight for scoring the last try and clinching the championship.
The challenge summoned the judges Eduardo Brethauer from Chile, Michael Fridjhon from South Africa, Fabricio Portelli from Argentina and Bob Campbell from New Zealand, as well as the Herald’s wine writer Huon Hooke, to gaze at, smell and sip the top drops from across 16 classes, including sparkling, Chardonnay, rose and Merlot.
The men – all renowned wine experts – had nominated their own country’s very best wines to be judged by their peers.
The top five wines from each country are: Xanadu Margaret River Reserve Chardonnay 2010 (Australia); Akarua Pinot Noir 2010 (New Zealand); Stark-Conde Wines Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (South Africa); Trapiche Single Vineyard Miralles malbec 2009 (Argentina); Polkura Block G+I Syrah 2009 (Chile). They were selected from a shortlist of 540 wines.
Trapiche Single Vineyard Miralles Malbec 2009
Trapiche is an important name in the Argentine wine industry. It owns more than 1,000 hectares of vineyards and buys grapes from around 200 independent growers. In Argentina, Trapiche sells 30,000,000 bottles of wine every year.
After 125 years producing wine, Trapiche is considered a top exporter of “premium brands” (accounting for 9% of all Argentine wine exports) and sends its wines to over 80 countries around the globe.
Trapiche boasts a wide range of prices that go from the “entry level” category to icon wines, which are intended to gather the best that Trapiche’s vineyards and winemaking philosophy can offer. In the “single vineyard” range, the 2009 Trapiche “Jorge Miralles” Single Vineyard Malbec is one of the most emblematic wines.