Patagonia is a new wine producing area in Argentina but it’s fast becoming known for its quality wine production. The Bodega del Fin Del Mundo (Bodega at the end of the world), certainly lives up to its name. Set 50 kms from the nearest town, it’s a new winery that has only been in operation since 2001 but they have managed to produce some excellent wines in such a short time.
Patagonia is very windy, and the area around the bodega does not escape the often harsh, always blowing winds of the region. In order to combat the winds and ensure that all the berries don’t blow away.The bodega has surrounded the vineyards with wind breaks: trees called los alamos that do an exemplary job of protecting the vines. The wind is not all bad however, it does blow away all the nasty bugs and ailments that can affect the vines, leaving a very antiseptic environment.
Bodega del Fin del Mundo have planted Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Tannat as well as a variety of whites. They have over 800 hectares available for planting but at the moment are only using about 160.
One of their top selling wines is the Ventus. Their entry level wine and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. A wine that’s meant to be drunk young. I found this wine to be eminently drinkable, soft and fruity with loads of black fruits on the nose and palate followed by vanilla, chocolate and very ripe strawberry flavours. Slightly astringent with tannins that aren’t laying down on the job, if you gave the 2010 a few months, it would probably mellow out a bit but would still retain it’s freshness and acidity. I had this wine at an Argentine BBQ and it was perfect for a hot afternoon, slightly chilled, fabulous!
Ventus is available in the UK and distributed by 10International.