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Hispanic Heritage Month: Wines of South America

Mon, Sep 11, 23  |  wine blog

When thinking of the global wine picture, you may not draw an immediate association with South America. But the continent is rich with vineyards across Chile, Argentina and Brazil. South America produces world-class wines, and the industry is constantly evolving on the continent. Let’s look at three great examples.

Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec (Argentina) is made from the grapes of 30-to-50-year-old vines. Ripe black fruits, violets, spices and tobacco greet the nose, with a wide fleshy palate and lingering finish. Aged in French oak barrels, this Malbec earned a rating of 92 points from James Suckling for the 2018 vintage.

If you’re a Cabernet Sauvignon fan, seek out Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina). Cherries, strawberries and black pepper aromas, followed by round and opulent tannins on the palate. The finish evokes vanilla and chocolate from oak aging.

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Chardonnay AUG (Chile) features white pear, toasty hazelnut and mineral notes. Its silky finish is long and vibrant.

This is a very brief sampling of the excellent wines crafted in South America. A virtual wine tour of the continent’s varieties is as easy as calling Colonial or shopping here. ¡Feliz bebiendo!

By Clark Trim

Tags: south american wine