TOP 10 SOUTH AMERICAN WINE VARIETIES (in no particular order)
· Argentinian Malbec
A deep and full bodied red wine, Argentina is now the considered to be the worlds best producer of this variety.
· Chilean Sauvignon Gris
Pinkish in colour. Grown primarily in France it is a mutation of sauvignon blanc, however, the Chilean version is gaining lots of attention.
· Brazilian Brut Millésime
A crisp, fragrant and dry sparkling wine. A bit of a surprise contender here!
· Uruguayan Tannat
Now so prominent in Uruguay this red wine variety is considered to be their national grape. Fruity, fresh and no longer so tannic, when done well it’s very good.
· Chilean Malbec Rosé
A richer than usual flavoured rosé. You can see by its deep pink colour that this is a robust tasting rosé wine.
· Argentinian Bonarda
Deep in colour, this red has rich fruity flavours. Although not as popular as Malbec it can certainly hold its own.
· Chilean Gewürztraminer
Uniquely perfumed and just a little bit sweet, this wine is a great match with spicy dishes.
· Chilean Carmenère
Died out in France, this grape has had a renaissance in Chile. Well suited to their climate it is often blended with other varieties. This full bodied red wine is similar to merlot but has more intensity.
· Chilean Carmenère Rose
A fruity flavoured rose petaled pink that also has hints of floral and citrus flavours, this fresh and dry wine is perfect on a summers day.
· Argentinian Torrontés
A fresh, dry and aromatic white wine with peach and apricot aromas – it is considered to be a wholly Argentinian variety. It makes a great aperitif.
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