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Argentina’s wine regions are widely dispersed from north to south but almost entirely confined to a relatively narrow strip at the western edge of the country bordering the foothills of the great Andes mountain range, leading to unique tasting wines from a relatively high altitude. The climate is predominantly semi-desert with annual rainfall rarely above 250mm, less than a third of that seen in Bordeaux. Water for irrigation is available from the rivers and channels that run down from the Andes. The seasons are well defined, allowing the vines plenty of time to rest, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.
Distinct from its northern counterpart, the wines from southern regions are wholly unique, and need to be experienced several times to grasp their complex flavours. The southern wine-making regions in Argentina are San Juan, Mendoza and Patagonia (Neuqúen and Rio Negro).
Classically, Syrah is known to make some very big bodied wines. This beautiful grape typically contains black fruit flavours such as blackberry and black cherry. It is also famous for its peppery finish, with some Syrahs even seeming slightly vegetal. Furthermore, if it has been oak aged, this process will probably add notes of chocolate and coffee into the bottle.
Despite its being the signature white grape of Argentina and a quality wine, most people have never heard of Torrontés. This crisp, dry white wine is unique to Argentina, excelling in the high altitudes of the northern Salta region. Typically, the best Torrontés is grown at an altitude of over 6,000 feet.