Fancy a drink? Sam Wylie-Harris raises her glass to this week’s best buys.
RED alert! Wine-lovers with a restless palate in search of the next “next big thing” will love the latest dark-red varieties from Argentina.
Malbec is still the South American nation’s flagship grape, but Mendoza’s wine-growers are storming ahead with bonarda, cabernet sauvignon and tempranillo.
Familia Zuccardi, one of the largest family-owned wineries, uses a canopied Parral trellis system which lifts the grapes into a series of luscious, green arches so the leaves can bask in the sun’s rays, while the grapes are protected from burning.
It also affords the best view of the snow-capped Andes.
Dubbed the ’Parral Zuccardi’, the system has allowed the winery to improve the quality of its fruit and produce a cult wine that’s taken North America by storm.
Fuzion is a gentle red giant that’s wowed the experts and sells out whenever it hits the shelves in Canada.
Ideal for quaffing, Fuzion Shiraz Malbec 2008 (inset) (£4.59 Waitrose) is packed full of delicious black fruit with a long finish and is a great everyday drinker at under a fiver.
Fuzion’s Santa Julia Organica Bonarda Sangiovese 2009 (£6.99 Waitrose) is a 50-50 blend and I love its rich and plummy character.