Joy of Terroir 2011
October - Bodegas dos Andes, Neuquen, Patagonia
Bodegas dos Andes was one of two Patagonian wineries to win the highest accolade at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, taking the Red Single Varietal over £10 International Trophy for its Chaltén Malbec Colección 2009. It was part of a fantastic showing from Argentina, which won six International Trophies, more than any other country. Set in Patagonia’s newest grape-producing area of San Patricio del Chañar in Neuquén, Bodegas dos Andes is owned by Chile’s Córpora Group. It focuses on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Malbec, and winemaker Pablo Herrera says the low humidity, rocky soil and large day and night temperature differences at this altitude (1,750m) gives concentrated, aromatic grapes from eight-year-old vines. While still a young region – 10 years ago it was only known for fruit trees and dinosaur fossils – San Patricio del Chañar proves that the excitment surounding Patagonia seems increasingly justified.