News - 07.11.12
Neil Martin presented his report "Making Malbec on the Moonscape: Argentina 2012"
Neal Martin gives his opinion on Argentina’s wines and wine industry.
Neal Martin, Top Writer for The Wine Advocate, who visited Argentina in July 2012, published his report on Argentina. During his visit, he tasted some 1,400 wines and scored a total of 940, which means that around 70% of the tasted wines obtained a score. Out of this 70%, 20% obtained 90+ points.
In his report "Making Malbec on the Moonscape: Argentina 2012", Neal Martin writes that "unlike Chile, [Argentine] producers were blessed with a domestic market where wine was a part of every meal and everyday life."
He says that he regards Malbec as an excellent grape variety and that during his stay in Argentina, he learned how well Malbec marries with other grape varieties. He maintains, for example, that Bonarda brings out the best in Malbec, and vice versa. "I see Malbec as the bedrock à la Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda as its blending partner à la Merlot." He points out that Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon blends are also impressive.
" I see MALBEC as a perfect foundation that could eventually lead to something even greater.(...) the modern Argentinean wine industry is only just finishing its first chapter."
He further states that the modern Argentinean wine industry is only just finishing its first chapter and that, although Argentina is a region that is almost startled by the success that Malbec has brought it, it could eventually become something even greater, for which it is necessary to start innovating. "If Argentina can innovate, as I believe it is beginning to, in particular thanks to a new younger generation of open-minded and more peripatetic winemakers who are co-operating with each other and exchanging information, then the possibilities are as boundless as their dreams.”
" Argentine producers were blessed
with a DOMESTIC MARKET
where WINE was a part
of every meal and everyday life. "