Winery at the end of the world

bodegaWant something new and different, wine fans?  How about some red wines from the end of the world? Literally!  Our most recent ABCFWS Direct-To-You additions hail from the region of Patagonia and producer Bodega Del Fin del Mundo (translation: “winery at the end of the world”).  Patagonia is one of Argentina’s newest wine appellations and is located in that country’s extreme south. 

Next stop, Antarctica and the wines of the South Pole!

Well, perhaps not THAT far south.

So where’s Patagonia actually?  Well, that’s easy!  Start in Mendoza, Argentina’s most famous wine region, and head down the road about 600 miles as the Andean condor flies. patagoniaYou’ll arrive in the province of Neuquén, an ideal place for growing quality wine grapes thanks to its cool, continental climate, chalky sub-soils and significant diurnal variation.  What’s a diurnal, you say?  Well that’s the big mercury swing between warm daytime temperatures in the vineyards and chilly nighttime ones.  It’s perfect for promoting bright acidity, color, finesse and freshness in the finished wines.

Bodega Del Fin del Mundo is a pioneer in the region, conceptualized in 1999 as the first new winery in Neuquén.  Today this thoroughly modern, state-on-the-art wine project is overseen by director Julio Viola with Bordeaux’s famed enologist Michel Rolland as consulting winemaker.  The bodega produces mostly red varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Tempranillo and Pinot Noir.  Roughly fifteen percent of production is assigned to white grapes like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Torrontés.

Here’s a rundown of their great wines you’ll find at your local ABCFWS store:

Del Fin del Mundo Special Blend Reserva ($33): comprised of roughly equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot with 18 months in new French oak barrels. Big, full and round on the palate with opaque rim and jammy black fruits, cocoa, tobacco and Asian spice.

Del Fin del Mundo FIN Malbec ($33): Sourced from the El Potrero vineyard.  Deeply colored with plum, mission fig and eucalyptus; long and elegant on the finish.

Del Fin del Mundo Reserva Malbec ($16): a serious Malbec value with intense notes of blackberry, violet and hints of vanilla.

Del Fin del Mundo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon ($16): black currant fruit, and chocolate with a touch of mint and tobacco.

Jim Greeley, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor

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