Today is the first day of the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendemia (the National Grape Harvest Festival) in Argentina. The fiesta is held in Mendoza – a province in the Cuyo region of Argentina which produces about 70% of the country’s wine production. Mendoza is best known for its Malbec grapes, but it also produces Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
And the Trapezio winery in Agrelo, Mendoza also produces its 2009 Trapezio ++ wine from Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. This was one of the wines in the 2016 crate, and this seemed the month and date to open it.
Trapezio ++ proved a hit with the discriminating Saucy Dressings’ chief taster. “Hmmm… very nice indeed”, he commented. “It’s new world wine but with sophistication. It almost be Sardinian”.
Ralph commented as he handed it over, “this wine is big, bold and full bodied with loads of fruit taste hence all the pluses which make all my wine merchant colleagues laugh. It’s typical of the Trapezio style of wine making having plenty of fruit present.”
Trapezio ++ goes well with a flavoursome rib eye steak, vintage cheese (ie a hard aged cheese such as Manchego).
£23 from Ralph’s Wines Online
Watch (clips at bottom of this post) some Argentinian tango as you sip.
This post is dedicated to Andreas Thiele.