Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Argentinian finds

The focus of this Saturday’s Vintages release is gorgeous Argentina. Find these expressive, great value wines via

Filus Torrontés 2011  $13.95 (87 Points)

From Salta province where this aromatic white grape shines, this is a pretty version with a fragrant bouquet. Fairly dry and fresh with flavours of pink grapefruit and tangerine, it’s medium light on the palate. A wine that sings of spring, have with light fare such as seafood salads, ceviche or just sip while you sit outdoors in the sun.

Fabre Montmayou Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  $14.95 (89 Points)

This Mendoza winery in Lujan de Cuyo was founded in the early 1990s by a Bordeaux native. The pure cabernet sauvignon wine is from 30 year old vines, hand harvested and aged a year in French oak. Deep opaque red, the bouquet is spiced and fruity. Velvety and full bodied it has ripe red berry and prune flavours with a touch of vanilla and spice in the finish. Have with grilled meats.

Joffré E Hijas Grand Malbec 2007  $17.95 (89 Points)

From Mendoza’s Uco Valley a higher altitude area that’s home to a number of Argentina’s top producers this red has matured 10 months in French oak. It’s a rich, ripe and concentrated red that’s full of fruit such as fresh figs and purple plums with notes of chocolate. Full bodied with soft tannins this is ready to drink with duck, venison or flavourful cheeses.