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¿What did Tim Atkin say about Argentinean wines?
The British journalist Tim Atkin, one of the most renowned wine writer in the world, visited Argentina and talked about our wines.
The recognized British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin travels every year to our country to taste the Argentinean wines and visit the terroirs of origin. Last month he visited several valleys, tasted hundreds of Argentinean wines and provided his conclusions.
One of the most important aspects that Tim expressed about local wines was related to the sense of place of the wines. Even though he considers that the best Argentinean wines are Malbec, to achieve the desired 100 points, Argentina must find a marked terroir expression to become something truly special. In his own words: “If wineries would dedicate to express the nature of their vineyards, consumers will be able to understand the differences of the regions and sub-regions”.
With regard to other red vines, Tim bets on the future of the Cabernet Franc, although its plantation is currently scarce, he considers that the Cabernet Sauvignon is “great” and affirms that he would like it if there were more wines of Bonarda in the market, especially as it is the second red grape implanted in the country. Likewise, Atkin also left the door open for new vines, as he is convinced that there are warm climate varieties that can adapt very well to the soil of the country.
With regard to white wines, he stated in his “Report 2016” that these wines are undergoing rapid changes. He considers that winemakers are achieving a great impact, that wine cellars are focusing more on expressing the vineyard and the harvest, and that Argentina, with its different valleys and areas, has great diversity which must be exploited.
“The most important thing is to take the people to the next level, explaining them the differences between the Malbec from Luján de Cuyo, from Valle de Uco, from Salta, San Juan or Patagonia”, he sated while enjoying a glass of the most emblematic vine of the country, our best ambassador.