It was an intense day: four hours of tastings, debates and good company. The 1st Trophy Tasting (I Degustación Trophy) organized by WineSur and sponsored by J.F.Hillebrand and Club Vea Vinos, was, for a few hours, the center of attention of the wine industry. More than 150 participants took part in this event whose main protagonists were great winemakers and personalities of the wine world.
The speakers present were David Bonomi (Doña Paula), Daniel Pi y Sergio Casé (Trapiche), Facundo Pereira y Rodrigo Valdés (Bianchi), Alejandro Vigil (Catena Zapata), Marcelo Pelleriti (Bodega Monteviejo), Pedro Pelegrina (Casa Montes), Roberto González (Nieto Senetiner), Matías Riccitelli (Fabre Montmayou y bodega Mr and Mr), Jorge Riccitelli (Norton), Marcos Fernández (Finca Decero), Gustavo Bauzá (Salentein) and Matthieu Grassin (Alta Vista).
Among the whites, Viognier from San Juan stood out from the rest. According to winemakers, the weather and geography of this province, believe it or not, is similar to northern Côte Du Rhone, the French region from which the best Viogner of the world come from.
Nowadays, the Sauvignon Blanc competes with some of the greatest wines of the world. David Bonomi, winemaker at Doña Paula, acknowledged the quality of Argentine Sauvignon Blanc and pointed out the different works carried out during the harvest in order to obtain more freshness from this variety that is attracting thousands of followers in the country.
Roberto Gonzalez, winemaker at Nieto Senetiner, stressed “In my opinion, Bonarda is the best representative of Argentina after Malbec.”
Alejandro Vigil, chief winemaker at Catena Zapata, highlighted the importance of the ‘terroir’ or appellation concept in the high-end wine category. “Today, Uco Valley means something to foreign consumers who, a few years ago, only knew where Mendoza was. We need to further differentiate regions and spread them around the world.”
Finally, participants and winemakers agreed on the success of red blends. During the tasting, it was confirmed that Argentina is doing a good job with the blends or assamblages.
Panel of wines
White wines: Ampakama Viognier 2011 (Pedro Pelegrina), Doña Paula Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (David Bonomi), Familia Bianchi Chardonnay 2011 (Facundo Pereira) and Alamos Torrontés 2011 (Alejandro Vigil).
Red wines (excluding Malbec): Don Nicanor Bonarda 2010 (Roberto González), Finca Las Palmas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Daniel Pi) and Iscay Syrah 2010 (Daniel Pi).
Malbec: Portillo Malbec 2011 (Gustavo Bauza), Catena Appellations Malbec 2010 (Alejandro Vigil), Fabre Montmayou Gran Reserva Malbec 2010 (Matías Riccitelli), Vineyard Selection Malbec M. Riccitelli 2010 (Matías Riccitelli) and Val de Flores 2006 Bodegas Rolland (Rodolfo Vallebela).
Red Blends: Viñalba Patagonia Malbec (Matías Riccitelli) – Syrah 2010, Alta Vista Atemporal Blend 2009 (Matthieu Grassin), Perdriel Centenario 2007 (Jorge Riccitelli) and Decero Amano 2009 (Marcos Fernández).
Translation: Rocío Acosta