2015 BONARDA, 'The Apple Doesnt Fall Far From The Tree', Riccitelli. Luján de Cuyo, Argentina
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Area: This is from the Vistalba sub-region of Luján de Cuyo, which was itself the first part of Mendoza to be singled out as an area which could make really premium wines. (The Argentinian appellation system is not easy to follow). The vineyards are at 1,000 metres
Grape Variety: 100% Bonarda (the second most planted variety in Italy) matured for a year in French oak (but no new wood).
Producer: Mattias Riccitelli worked for various other wineries before setting up his own project in 2009. He is at the forefront of 'modern' Argentinian winemaking, producing wines of balance and freshness, with innovative labels and a great attitude in general.
Old Bridge Rating: Really exciting change from Malbec - this has the ripeness and intensity you might expect in an Argentinian red, but also a lively brightness and this-quenching freshness that is much less usual.
£19.95 per bottle
£18.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.96 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles