Emil den Dulk, owner of South Africa’s De Toren winery stopped by for a sit down today. Like most quality-conscious vintners, den Dulk isn’t standing pat, despite the very solid track record his Cabernet Sauvignon-based Fusion V blend has established. And as you might expect, most of den Dulk’s focus is on aspects that won’t affect what the consumer sees until a few years down the road. And, as you might expect, that focus is on dirt.
While dashing from Boston to New York on a recent swing through the marketplace, Argentina's Nicolás and Laura Catena were kind enough to stop by for a quick sit down. The Catenas brought with them two of the 2007 single-vineyard Malbecs with the aim to talk about terroir in Mendoza.
Argentina is hot. Malbec is hot. Lots of new hotshot wineries are popping up. Single vineyard wines are proliferating. The wine face of Argentina is new, young and popular. In the race for the newest though, it’s sometimes easy to overlook those who have been there all along. Ricardo Santos, 72, has seen the Argentina wine business go from nothing to where it is today.
There’s a theory that the best wines are made on the extreme boundaries of a growing region. Push the limits of where a certain variety can ripen, and you’ll make the best wine – the Mourvèdre grown by Beaucastel at the northern edge of the southern Rhône for example, or Cabernet Sauvignon grown on California’s Santa Cruz or Dunn mountains. South Africa's Constantia Glen winery is going to put that theory to the test.
Winemaker Paul Hobbs details the latest developments with his Viña Cobos project in Mendoza, Argentina, and talks about the impending 2009 harvest in California. Hobbs, based in California, also has a growing consultant business and now finds himself working in Hungary and Canada as well.
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