The Case For Wine presents a wine guide for self-isolation…

If any good comes out of the coronavirus lockdown it might be the redeployment of restaurant wines to consumers at home, the lockdown lifestyle has given more people a taste of wines usually reserved for our Hospitality Friends. We’ve put together a few wines that will keep the Wolf from the door.

For readers familiar with Rioja, Bodegas Weinert is the López de Heredia of Mendoza, making wonderfully traditional wines and sticking to its principles. Bodegas Weinert produces savoury wines that show a combination of ripeness, Old Word flavours, sumptuous textures, herbal tones and velvety tannins. Intriguing wines that have more in common with older Bordeaux than modern day Argentina. Over 25 years ago Robert Parker declared “Weinert was making the most profound wine of South America”

2017 Bodegas Weinert Malbec “Carrascal” Mendoza – Argentina ($19.95 Per Bottle 12 packs)

Drinking lovely today. Ample black velvety textured fruit, a nice core of cassis and ripe plum, dark licorice, olive. scorched herbs, cigar box and dark chocolate. A delicious House wine with unusual complexity for the price tag. At Weinert, Barrique is a four letter word, all wines spend anywhere from 3 – 20 years in old barrels.

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“Winemaker Hans Vinding-Diers rightfully got noticed for the Pinot Noir he made in Patagonia at Bodega Chacra and he is now gaining even more respect for the pure, classy Malbecs he is making at Bodega Noemia, the wine comes from pre-phylloxera 85 year-old vines, and is getting all the critics excited”  Peter Dean.

2018 Bodega Noemia A LISA Malbec Patagonia – Argentina ($35.95 per bottle – 6 packs)

This is mostly Malbec with some 9% Merlot and perhaps 1% Petit Verdot, and the full berries fermented in stainless steel. Only 15% to 20% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for some nine months, while the rest was kept in stainless steel. It felt very fruit-forward at first, but it turned more serious with some air. It seemed to put on weight in the glass, showing more depth and layers, with clean aromas and a round and juicy palate with more clout than you’d think. It has more complexity than the varietals and comes through as tasty, long and dry. Drink today or cellar for 10 years

“Vinding-Diers has a long and chequered career working all across the world after an upbringing in Bordeaux. He made the iconic wines at Bodega Chacra in Patagonia and Argiano in Montalcino. His cousin and mentor is Peter Sisseck, winemaker at Pingus in Ribera del Duero and his father Peter used to make Tokaji with Hugh Johnson at the Royal Tokaji Co.” Peter Dean

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Rioja is beginning to fulfil its potential and that’s great news for wine lovers.

“Spain’s most famous region is increasingly exciting. Rioja is about to change how it classifies and promotes its wine. New grape varieties are being planted and old ones rediscovered. Pioneering wine-makers are bringing a fresh approach to what has always been an important but traditional wine-producing region. Tim Atkin MW

Bodegas y Vinedos Heras Cordon 2016 Rioja Harvest Selection. ($26.95 per bottle – 12 packs)

“Is there a better Crianza in Rioja? Combining Tempranillo with 10 % of Mazuelo and Graciano, its savoury, complex, well – balanced with masses of colour and flavour, fresh acidity and beautifully worked tannins – drink now and until 2028.” Tim Atkin

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Ruben Elmer
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