Top 10 Argentine winemakers to watch

But it’s not all about the winemakers…

33While not wanting to denigrate the role of the winemaker, it is the viticulturalist who can be crucial to advancing wine quality, writes Patrick Schmitt. And if one were to pick a single person in Argentina whose work in the vineyard is having a powerful impact on wine character, it would be Doña Paula’s Martín Kaiser. Born into a family of viticulturists, trained as both an agronomist and oenologist, Kaiser is obsessed with identifying the effect of soil and climate on Argentine wine, particularly Malbec. As part of this, he has dug multiple soil pits across Doña Paula’s 700 hectares of vineyards in the Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley to identify a range of soil profiles, before using Argentine winemakers and sommeliers to blind taste micro-vinifications from different parcels. In terms of climatic impacts on the Malbec style, he has discovered increased levels of anthocyanins and tannins in colder places, as well as more floral characters and black fruits. On the other hand, hotter climates bring more red fruits and spice. As for the effect of the soil, he has found that heavy soils enhance freshness, while light soils bring more spice to the wine. Consequently, he says, “If you have a light soil, then the wine tastes like one from a hotter area, and vice versa.” Kaiser has also pioneered the classification of vineyard sites according to calcium content, because he says that this mineral brings more and bigger tannins to Malbec. “The job of the viticulturist is to find the differences and separate them, and the job of winemaker is to make them shine,” he says, clarifying his position.

3 Responses to “Top 10 Argentine winemakers to watch”

  1. Andres says:

    And how about Rodolfo OPI Sadler? He is one fo the most multi awarded winemakers in Argentina and succesful in UK. Much more than 90 % journalist mentions. Big mistake folks!!

  2. Astor says:

    Claramente… Falta Bernie

  3. Sebastian Alan says:

    BRENNAN FIRTH OF CEPAS ELEGIDAS SHOULD DEFINITELY BE ON YOUR LIST.

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