Wine for Summer 2012 -Season Suggestion

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Following my motto ‘never drink the same wine twice’ I left behind my Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, Chardonnay from Chile, and went looking for something new, exciting, sexy. Then I was offered a bottle of Torrontes from Argentina made by Bodegas Nieto in the Mendoza region. When I sampled the wine I had a small glass and what a stroke of luck, it was a lovely sunny warm day and the first sip put a smile on my face, evoking images of sea food on a terrace on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. This is a well balanced wine, floral but poised, blossom and herbaceous with white peach and zesty orange peel notes.

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I put the bottle back into the Eurocave with the intention to retaste the wine at home, but only after I had stopped and bought the ingredients for my seafood supper. Fresh prawns, melon, fresh salad leaves, green pepper and crusty farm house bread. Quick and easy preparation, chopped the pepper, chopped the melon, mixed with the leaves, prepared my sauce: mayonnaise and tomato sauce, salt and pepper, pinch of chilli to add some heat and prawns on the top, voila! This food and wine combination went down very well with my family, the complexity of the flavours in the food played perfectly with the flavours in the wine, the sweet and sour sensation of pepper and melon went well with the refreshing finish and at the same time the creamy sensation of the wine was a great match to the texture of the sauce and prawns.

Not being familiar with this producer, I’ve browsed the website, which is rather unhelpfully in Spanish and I had to ask my Spanish friend to translate some of the details. Nieto Senetiner has grown to become one of the leading stars of Mendoza and from 1969 onwards Nieto has vineyards in virtually all of the best sub-districts of Mendoza, which are continually updated. It is the balance of power and finesse that define these wines and the vineyards in the famed sub-district of Agrelo and they are fully deserving of their iconic status.

This pleasant experience has put this particular Nieto wine into my regular wine rotation.