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Del Fin Del Mundo

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Argentina.

white wines

Del Fin Del Mundo Ventus Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay 2007
Fresh, pineapple chunk and bright lemony fruit nose, with nice mouthfeel and rich, sweet fruit and an off-dry finish. A little raw in the acidity perhaps. 84/100. £4.99

Del Fin Del Mundo Newen Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Bright pineapply fruit, not much green character, and a little bit commercially bland perhaps, but the acidity comes through without really expressing the Sauvignon very well. 85/100. £5.99

Del Fin Del Mundo Postales Chardonnay 2007
Lemony, bright and creamy fruit, with a touch of apple and some brighter tropical fruit notes. The palate is quite grippy and skinny, with a slightly aggressive fruit quality perhaps, and rather raw adjustment of acidity. 84/100. £5.49

Del Fin Del Mundo Reserva Chardonnay 2006
There's a toasty edge to the fruit here, with a nice orange and lemon fruit, and good palate weight. This has more balance. 86/100.

Del Fin Del Mundo Reserva Viognier 2007
Very nice, expressive Viognier, with lots of skin contact richness and good fruit sweetness through the mid palate. Nice style, with a bit of succulent mid-palate flesh without being too alcoholic. 86/100

red and rosé wines

Del Fin Del Mundo Postales Rosé 2007
Malbec, with 15% Merlot. Cranberry and nutty raspberry fruit, with a touch of rose-hip. Quite powerful, with nice fruit and a dry, quite elegant finish. 86/100

Del Fin Del Mundo Ventus Tinto 2007
Merlot 70%, Malbec 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%. Quite an elegant nose, with a touch of leafiness and gentle blackcurrant fruit. The palate has a nice juicy plum and blackcurrant sweetness, and just enough tannin and acidity to stop it being cloying. 85/100

Del Fin Del Mundo Postales Cabernet Malbec 2007
Slightly duller, more baked and plummy nose, with a touch of liquorice and then a rather harsh quality on the back palate. Nice enough fruit, but I find this a touch clumsy. 84/100

Del Fin Del Mundo Postales Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Young, very slightly leafy black fruit, with a blackcurrant core, but again I find that slightly harsh, liquoricy edge is slightly distracting. 84/100

Del Fin Del Mundo Postales Mundo Malbec 2007
Red fruits and a slightly baked plum pie aromas, with a huge palate sweetness that is very appealing. Jammy, but at least it hangs together better than some. 85/100

Del Fin Del Mundo Newen Pinot Noir 2006
Biggest producer of Pinot Noir in Argentina, with 90 hectares out of 900 planted in total. Quite a nice, rich and rounded smokiness, with quite nice ripe fruit, that is luscious and rounded, with a fairly solid but attractive finish. 86/100. £5.99

Del Fin Del Mundo Reserva Pinot Noir 2005
Fairly big vanillin nose, with a certain spiciness and quite ripe cherry fruit. On the palate the tannins and oak seem slightly over extracted for the quality of the fruit. Although this has really quite nice fruit, it has slightly bitter phenolics in the finish, with a touch of pithy, stalky bitterness. 84/100. £7.49

Del Fin Del Mundo Newen Merlot 2006
Silky and berry fruited, with some coffee and fudge notes. Palate has good fruit, but that same slightly dull personality, with a rather astringent finish. 86/100.

Del Fin Del Mundo Newen Syrah 2006
Nice leafy, racy red fruited nose with raspberry and cherry and a bit of vanilla and spice. Sweet, rich fruit on the palate, with quite a nice touch of chocolate, and juiciness that is missing in some other wines in this range. 87/100

Del Fin Del Mundo Reserva Merlot Reserva 2006
This has a nice rounded blackberry and soft, strawberry fruited nose. The palate has some really good juiciness, with plenty of sweet, mouthfilling fruit and a touch of plumskin roughness and chocolate. Slightly hot perhaps. 86/100

Del Fin Del Mundo Reserva Malbec Reserva 2006
Silky, solid black fruit, with plum and chocolate, with a nice spiciness and plenty of richness and spice. These take the tannins and extraction much more happily than the lesser wines. 88/100

Del Fin Del Mundo Gran Reserva 2005
36% Malbec, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 12 months in oak, 70% of which is French, the rest American. Nice, plush, cedary nose, with some burnt toast, but also good red berry fruit. The palate has good fruit and very good, fine tannic ripeness that are riper and more generous. It is perhaps slightly lacking fruit in the mid-palate, not quite standing up to the oak and tannins, but a nice wine. 88/100 £9.99

Del Fin Del Mundo Special Blend 2005
40% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. 15 months in new French oak. Big, seductive, chocolaty nose, with plenty of oak and spice. The palate has good juicy flavour, and a big-framed, spicy robust personality that is a touch overoaked for me. 88/100. £14.99

Del Fin Del Mundo Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2007
Barrel sample. Nice glossy leafiness, with a touch of kirsch and cherry brightness. Nice fruit, with a lot of dry fruity extraction, but actually this is quite nicely handled. Good quality here and good concentration. 88/100.

Del Fin Del Mundo Single Vineyard Tannat 2007
Big, solid, dark, plummy fruit in Patagonia's first Tannat wine. Nice smoky spiciness and a touch of coffee. Juicy and fine, with great acidity and lots of bright fruit. Very nice wine potentially. 88/100.

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