Within the Rio Negro Valley of Northern Patagonia, Bodega Noemia focusses on Malbec from a vineyard planted in the 1930s and these are seriously impressive wines. Everything in the production is done by hand and gravity to maintain the purity of flavours the vineyard produces. A blend of 90% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot from younger vines, but don’t let that fool you. Vibrant red and blue fruits, a fine minerality and firm structure make this world class. Only overshadowed by the big brother wine J Alberto. This wine will reward aging too. I think it has a long life ahead of it.
Malbec – Native to South West France, Malbec is a minor player in Bordeaux and the major grape in the underappreciated Cahors. It has long been the star of Argentina. It makes wines that are intense, tannic, dark fruited with nice acidity. Perfect match for a country that consumes a lot of meat.
Patagonia – Further south than our beloved Tasmania, this is the coolest of the cool regions in Argentina. There is a lot of scope for cool climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and that means sparkling wine is a natural for this part of town. That being said, full bodied Malbec of outstanding quality is still a viable product down here too.