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Argentina’s fine wines have given people much cause for excitement over the past few years (ok, decades). With the country producing more and more of the big, tour de force, Malbec, there is little doubt that while the origins might be French, it has taken Argentina’s altitude to make it a star.
Don’t cry for me Argentina
With hearty competition from the likes of Catena Zapata, Bodega Noemia de Patagonia and Achaval Ferrer, Trapiche is no stranger to the big league. A wine estate whose origins date back to 1883, Trapiche boasts over 130 years of experience in the Mendoza valley and is one of (if not the) most prolific producer of the region. The estate comprises of 1,255-hectares of vineyards, many of which winemaker Daniel Pi is urging towards a bio-dynamic future (Trapiche’s 100% organic Cabernet Sauvignon Zaphy is already enjoying enormous success among the estate's fans). In order to keep up with their vast production, Trapiche buys in produce from up to 300 neighbouring suppliers.
Argentina's number one exported wine brand
In 2018, Argentina reported exports of 28.1 million litres of wine, amounting to sales of over $70m. This well-trodden path could be down to the foundations laid by Trapiche in the late 19th century - records show that it was winning awards in Paris as early as 1889. Today the winery is the largest fine wine exporter in Argentina (and still winning awards). With over 20 cuvees, it’s difficult to pick a favourite, but perhaps their premium fine wine would be the Medella and the Grand Medalla (available in both a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and 100% Malbec blend). In the 24-month period between Q3 2017 and Q3 2019 ROI has been, erratic, swift and sharp for both blends.
The life of Pi
Iscay, a joint venture between Michel Rolland and Daniel Pi (Rolland left the collaboration in xxxx and Trapiche's Head Agronomist Marcelo Belmonte has since replaced him). First released in 1997, the vintage today sells for over €70 a bottle that is if you are lucky enough to find it. Recent vintages have divided critics; the 2005 earnt just 83/100 points from Wine Spectator, while Tim Atkin awarded the 2011 an excellent 96/100 points. This uplift in quality (although not price) could be attributed to Rolland’s departure.