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Trivento

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Argentina.

white and sparkling wines

Trivento Otra Vida Chardonnay 2007
15% barrel aged for two months in French oak. Quite a punchy, verdant nose, with lemony fruit and a touch of grassiness. Very nice, full, crunchy fruit on the palate, with plenty of verve and cut, lovely citrus acidity cutting though peach and nectarine fruit ripeness. Very good wine. 86/100. £4.99, Sainsbury's.

Trivento Viognier 2007
From Tupungato, all stainless steel. Nice, crisp nose, with a touch of pleasant leafiness and fine pear and sherbetty aromatics. Delightfully crisp and racy, with verdant cut of the fruit plays against sweet peach fruit, but the cut and verve of the wine is very good. 87/100. £4.99, Waitrose.

Trivento Collecion Fincas Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Tupungato fruit. Very bold and crunchy passionfruit style, with some herbaceous character coming though. Quite powerful, with very nice burst of herbal-edged, zingy fruit on the palate, with masses of grapefruity zest and acidity, and hints of a sweeter tropical fruit adding some mid-palate ripeness and sweetness. 87/100. £8.99,

Trivento Golden Reserve Chardonnay 2006
6 tonnes per hectare. 100% French oak fermented and aged 10 moths, 70% new. Lots of creamy, lightly honeyed and almond quality oak, with a sense of mealy richness and pear and melon fruit. The palate has lovely life and acidity, with a very fresh appeal of lemony acidity cutting through the sweet, slightly tropical creamy fruit. Very nice persistence and length. 88/100. £8.99

Trivento Sparkling Brut Nature
Charmat method blend of 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Nice, small bubble and a nettly touch to the fruit on the nose, with a touch of autolytic character, though very punchy and fresh. Very nice fizz at £6.99. 86/100. Mostly On-trade.

red wines

Trivento Otra Vida Pinot Noir 2007
Tupungato. 15% French oak aged. Solid, dark crimson colour. Nice nose, with a touch of beetroot, but mostly a silky, quite plush dark fruit. Little bit of smoky oak. The palate has a rich, ripe, juicy cherry and slightly baked plum pie character, but a very good Pinot at the price with nice soft tannins and good acidity keeping the finish clean and spicy. Good value. 86/100. £4.99

Trivento Otra Vida Malbec 2007
Maipu fruit. Nicely floral and bright cherry fruit aromas a silky, paintbox fruit brightness. Good fruit on the palate too, that is bright and racy, with plenty of tang and vibrancy. 86/100. £4.99, Sainsbury's

Trivento Collecion Fincas Malbec 2006
Maipu fruit. Creamier, more dense and plummy than the Otra Vida, with more baked character and slightly creamier oak. Aromatics suppressed. The palate has a broad stripe of tannins and tight acid profile, but the fruit stays pretty muscular and dense. A good wine, though slightly less charming than the Otra Vida at £4.99. 86/100. £8.99

Trivento Collection Fincas Syrah 2006
Slightly dulled nose, with some black fruit and a touch of earth or leather. The fruit on the palate comes good, with a nice juicy roundness of black berries, and the tannins and oaky spice adding some power and structure. 88/100. £8.99

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 2006
Malbec 75%, 15% Syrah and 10% Bonarda. Syrah in American oak, others in French. Quite a schisty quality here, with a certain raciness to the fruit. The wine has plenty of oak, with a spicy character, and a touch of floral and bright, kirsch-like cherry fruit on the palate. Very nice wine, with the spice and cream coming through, and a lithe, supple quality to tannins and acid structure. Very good. 88/100. £7.99

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2005
100% Lucan de Cuyo Malbec. From 100 - 120-year-old vineyards. 5-6 hl/ha yield. Hand-harvested and careful hand selection of grapes. Cold maceration two days at 8C. Lots of huge, minty, very eucalypt and menthol character. All new French oak gives a charry quality. Very sweet, creamy, black berry and plum fruit, with lots of glossy cherry and a real bite of tannin, but it is supple and fine, with a nice freshening acidity. Very good quality. 91/100. £9.99.

Trivento Eolo 2005
New Icon wine, but probably for on-trade only. The name means “God of the Winds”. 100% Malbec, a lower-yielding, specific selection from the same 100-120-year-old vines in Lucan de Cuyo, and with a slightly different barrel regime, with 70% new. Nicely smoky, cedary, much more European nose than the Golden Reserve. Behind a smoky, schisty character really solid blackberry and plum fruit, with sweet ripeness. On the palate there is a lovely juiciness to this wine, with a vibrant cherry-skin tang and lots of tobacco and coffee. Excellent, lithe, powerful, very silky tannins adding more chocolate and good length. 93/100. £37-£38 approximate retail in UK, if retailed. 2,500 bottles.

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