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Christopher Piper Wines
1 Silver Street, Ottery St Mary EX11 1DB, Devon

Tel: (01404) 814139
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The Catena Group, MENDOZA

Headed up by the dynamic Nicholas Catena, this leading Argentinean ‘player’ has had an important role to play in the modernisation and internationalisation of the Argentinean wine industry. The very strong wine-making team of Patricio Santos and Scott Peterson has resulted in Catena’s wineries producing some of Argentina’s most exciting Chardonnays, sourced from high altitude vineyards at Tipungato and Gualtalery, in the south-western region of Mendoza. With numerous recent international awards to their name Catena stands at the very pinnacle of quality wine production in Argentina.
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Altos las Hormigas, MENDOZA

Altos las Hormigas was created by Tuscan wine-maker, Alberto Antonini, and is well-known for its range of Malbecs but the new Bonarda Colonia las Liebres particularly impressed us with its exuberant and deep-coloured style, exuding blackberry and blueberry fruit combined with an excellent texture and finish.

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Bodegas Nieto Senetiner, LUJN DE CUYO, MENDOZA

This well-known bodega was founded by Italian immigrants in 1888 and was based around the town of Carrodilla in Mendoza. The estate has passed through a number of hands over the past hundred odd years but, in 1998, the hugely wealthy Perez Companc family purchased the winery and vineyards from Nieto Senetiner. Currently, they own over 300 hectares of their own vineyards in Mendoza and have somewhat of a reputation of maintaining very high standards in both the winery and vineyards, believing in producing hand-crafted wines rather than mass produced examples from bought-in grapes. We believe that this bodega's particular strength is their high-altitude grown white varietals, grown at 800 metres in the Carrodilla region. The Torrontes is everything one expects from this aromatic variety, being marginally off-dry with crunchy, fresh grapey flavours and a sensible balancing acidity. The Chardonnay/ Viognier is a clever blend where the white fruit of the Viognier dominates, combined with a summertime, floral bouquet and crisp, Chardonnay-driven fruit on the palate.

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Bodegas Weinert, LUJN DE CUYO, MENDOZA

The red wines of Bodegas Weinert have long been admired for being amongst some of the finest examples of Argentinean wine-making. This is a strongly traditional bodega, eschewing the use of overt quantities of new oak barrels. With their vineyard stock now reaching serious maturity, the two wines that we list, Carascal (50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot) and Malbec are splendid companions to full-flavoured meat dishes. The approachable Carascal has a distinctive cedarwood and red-berry bouquet and very good spice-tinged fruit and the Malbec has a very clearly defined velvety texture, a nose that is somewhat reminiscent of St. Emilion and an opulent, peppery fruit with fine-grained tannins.

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Domino del Plata, MENDOZA

Susana Balbo and her viticulturist partner, Pedro Marchevsky, have combined their respective skills and experience at Dominio del Plata where they are totally in charge, concentrating on planting, varietal selection, water management and canopy ‘conduction’. The project was specially designed so that the vineyards do not harm the natural resources and, at the same time, preserves the environment. We have been keen supporters of Susana’s excellent Anubis Malbec for many years; it is a big,, powerful wine with a deep, almost opaque dark purple colour. The nose exudes brambly, chocolate overtones whilst on the palate it is full of ripe, plummy and spicy fruit. It offers excellent value for money.

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Andean Wineries, MENDOZA

When Italian and Spanish immigrants settled Mendoza in the 19th century, they immediately saw the enormous potential of this land at the foot of the Andes Mountains.

In 1865, Frenchman Aimè Pouget imported and planted in Mendoza the first Malbec vines from France. Mendoza turned out to be an ideal terroir for Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition they were not affected by Phylloxera that destroyed most of the vines in France in the late 19th century. Mendoza now has the oldest, highest quality stocks of un un-grafted Malbec vines in the world.

The seeds of Antis Wines date back three generations when the current owners' families planted their first vines, now 90 years old and the source of Antis's wines.

The winery is located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Rodeo del Medio, at the heart of the Maipú district in Mendoza. From the tasting room one enjoys a magnificent panoramic view of some of the highest mountains in South America. Around the winery there are 40 acres of vineyards which are the source of some of the estate's wines.

In 2002, Antis built a new winemaking facility. The building is of architectural interest and was designed with functional and aesthetic principles in mind. It has a capacity of 300,000 liters in refrigerated stainless steel fermentation tanks; a cellar housing French oak barrels and a temperature controlled bottle storage area. The vinification equipment was imported from Italy and uses the latest technology designed to handle the fruit without bruising it to prevent oxidation.

The Andes mountains are central to the identity of the winery and the character of Antis's wines. Their philosophy is centered on achieving wines that speak of the land where they are born and crafted. They believe that their task is to recreate and enhance the potential contained in the grapes, using state-of-the-art knowledge, the best materials and latest technology.

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Finca Eugenio Bustos, MENDOZA

Eugenio Bustos was established in 1890, after Eugenio Bustos purchased some land in Valle de Uco as it was named by the Haurpe Indians (Uco Valley in English) , in Mendoza, and began to build the winery. His daughter, Celia Bustos, inherited the estate and thanks to her leadership, the land was turned into a profitable vineyard.

The town of Eugenio Bustos as the immediate area is now known, is a very old traditional town at the base of the Andes. Being slightly higher, at 1200 metres, than the rest of Mendoza and closer to the Andes the temperatures are slightly more moderate which gives the wines more subtle characteristics than other areas of Mendoza. It also means that excellent quality whites can be produced here, which is not he case in all of Mendoza.

More recently years the winery has been extended, restored, and equipped with French and Italian state-of-the-art technology.

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