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New World Wines: A Quick Overview

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Recently, the wines of the New World are blossoming and start to be able to compete with those of the Old World, which refers to the most traditional places in terms of wine culture.

When we talk about wines from the New World, we mean wines from areas outside Europe’s vineyards or, as we have specified above, from the lands that have normally produced wine, such as Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, the Balkan countries and the United Kingdom.

The New World wines that are becoming more popular today come from places like Argentina, Chile, the United States, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, among others.

Wines from these countries have some different features from the latter, they have stronger colours, they are warm, ripe fruit flavoured… and they are totally conditioned by the climate of each particular country, normally warmer than the ones of the Old World.

Those from Argentina can already be found in restaurants worldwide and have a great success. One must think that it is the largest producer of wine in Latin America and the fifth largest producer in the world, so its importance is great. They are wines with an intense colour and body. Canada has been producing wine for many years. They are usually table wines, elaborated with grapes such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamey and Merlot.

It is not strange to see Australian wines in many corners of our country. They are flavoured wines. Australia is the sixth largest wine producer in the world, the Riesling and Semillon grape varieties stand out, and they elaborate them from European noble varieties.

South African wines are very special. The country currently has a vineyard area of a roundabout of 100,000 hectares and they are mainly made from white grape varieties. They are heavily popular and sold in many places. In a great part of the country they enjoy similar climates to the Mediterranean, so their flavours are also similar.

 

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Dieter Meier Puro Malbec 2016, Ojo de Vino elaborates this Dieter Meier Puro Malbec 2016 (£11.97), a red wine from the region of Mendoza with the best Malbec grapes from the 2016 vintage

 

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Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc Constantia 2017, a white wine made of sauvignon blanc of 2017 and comes with an alcohol content of 13%. 

Casavecchia: a grape of Italian origin conquering Argentina

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When we talk about grape varieties we tend to always think about the same, also depending on our place of origin: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Grigio, Muscat… But we also must know that there are plenty of local varieties, little known, that throughout history have been widely cultivated but for one reason or another, have been moving gradually away until their almost complete disappearance.

This is the case of the Casavecchia variety, an extremely rare Italian grape that winemaker Martin Kaiser has begun to grow in the Los Indios vineyard for the Argentinian cellar Doña Paula. This grape, native to the region of Campania (near Naples), has a minimal presence in the transalpine country (100 hectares), and now they will start to produce on the other side of the world in order to use it with Malbec and Cabernet Franc varieties in the elaboration of new wines from the Argentinian wine producer.

According to Kaiser, “It is a very interesting variety for blending, due to its high tannins and perfume, unusual for a red variety, with a strong aroma of grapefruit”. The winegrower started its cultivation in 2006, on a small scale, and Doña Paula is the only producer that use it in the manufacturing process of wine on a regular basis outside Italy.

Due to its high tannins, Casavecchia requires at least three years in barrel to soften its characteristic flavour and aroma, and is expected to gradually extend its use, at least in the region of Altamira (Uco Valley), a wine zone of great importance in Argentina, with special climatic conditions that provide the grape varieties grown in it with high degrees of maturity and concentration of aromas, flavours and textures, that make it one of the most appreciated.

Who knows if in the coming years we will see other rare varieties rejoining wine production, whether in its industrial side or in small artisan and/or experimental productions.

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La Masserie Oblivium 2007: a red wine with Terre del Volturno DO from La Masserie cellar which blend contains casavecchia of 2007 and has a volume of alcohol of 13º. 

 

 

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Della Valle Jappellj Casavecchia Don Alfredo 2008: a red wine with Campania DO based on the best of casavecchia from 2008.

 

Argentina, Malbec Reign

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However, not everyone knows that the Malbec grape came from France, specifically from Bordeaux region. Although its origin is French, we cannot speak of the peak of its evolution until it met gauchos soils, where it has already been for more than a century giving us satisfaction. In fact, Argentinean red wines with Malbec endure over the years much better than their French predecessors, to which they can beat as far as aging is concerned.

Mendoza is perhaps the region in Argentina which produces the best wines from this grape, but there are other places, such as Salta or Río Negro where you can find Malbec vineyards, though nothing comparable to the extent and quality of the former one.

Red wines from Argentina with Malbec are generally considered milder than other French wines made from the same grape or with blends containing it. However, I attest that I do not particularly like much too fruity red wines, I generally prefer wood, tobacco and licorice flavors, and I find in Malbec wines an endless source of hits.

Surely, the success in our choice will depend on the region and the winery, so those who have been discouraged in their pursuit of the perfect Malbec have to keep trying, because I am sure that they will find an exquisite wine that will persuade them. For the first few times, and although you can also get lucky and hit with a five dollars wine, I recommend choosing one around fifteen dollars.

Although it is true that everything depends on many things, such as the food pairing that you have in mind, because it is not the same to drink the wine with a pasta dish than together with a good piece of meat.

Among the cheapest I would highlight two wines: La Consulta and Callia Alta, which do not disappoint. For those who want to enter the world of Argentine wines with a little more slack, I would recommend a Norton Reserva Malbec 2008, Humberto Canale Gran Reserva Malbec 2006 or an Altavista Terroir Selection Malbec 2007. But as there is no accounting for taste, I wait for your comments.

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From Patagonia, smooth and creamy, perfect to pair with a good conversation…

 

 

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Norton is one of the biggest south american cellars, using Malbec as main grape.