December 20, 2011
Wine Sur By Laura Saieg.
The young jury of VinoSub30 consisted of 24 tasters under the age of 30. During three days, they had to assess 369 wines in blind tastings. The 8th edition of this competition was held on November 16 and 18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This year, the panel’s judges awarded 114 wines from 54 wineries, of which 4 achieved Double Gold Medal. The great winners were 2006 Monteviejo Lindaflor Malbec, 2009 Monteviejo Calypso Malbec, 2009 Ponce de León Cabernet Sauvignon and Ruca Malén Brut. The other 110 exponents reached Gold Medal.
The award-winning wines
One of the distinguished wineries was Monteviejo, whose wines 2006 Lindaflor Malbec and 2009 Calypso Malbec awarded Double Gold Medal. In an interview with WineSur, Marcelo Pellereti, winemaker at Monteviejo, highlighted: “this recognition is a motivation for us because it means that people have felt identified with our products. This is so important because we are talking about wines with a strong personality and a great aging potential; and people understood them.”
Besides, it is noteworthy that both wines belong to different price range. On the one hand, 2006 Lindaflor Malbec is priced at ARS 250, whereas the price of 2009 Calypso Malbec is ARS 80.
Furthermore, a sparkling wine was also recognized: Ruca Malén Brut. Pablo Cúneo, winemaker of the winery, commented that this product has as main characteristic its base wine. “It is a blend of Pinot Noir 75% and Chardonnay 25%, both grapes coming from Tupungato, Uco Valley.”
Likewise, he added: “With Ruca Malén Brut, we want to grant prestige to the brand, we are not looking for a mass market product, or to complete the portfolio, either. However, we made it with all the elegance that the winery deserves. We make 16,000 bottles, and we are so pleased with the excellent response.”
Then, he underlined: “this contest is very important in Argentina, as we can get reviews from an interesting consumption segment. Little by little, we observe an evolution of young people. They are increasingly eager to taste, buy and get acquainted with new products, what is more, they do not lean towards low price wines, like ARS 20 varietals, but now they look for complexity and structure.”
Finally, the fourth medal was granted to 2009 Ponce de León Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a wine made by a traditional family winery whose annual production reaches 3,500 bottles. Andrés Ponce, one of the owners of the company, mentioned that this exponent is made up of grapes that the firm purchases from vineyards located in Cañada Seca, San Rafael.
Afterwards, he explained: “This is a very clean Cabernet, boasting full body, aromas, intense color, and a great balance between acidity and sugar. Besides, it never kept contact with oak.”