Top 10 Argentine winemakers to watch

Leonardo Erazu, Altos Las Hormigas

LeonardoIf you followed db’s previous Top 10 Chilean Winemakers series, then Erazu might be a familiar face. This Chilean winemaker certainly merits being on the Argentine list too for the excellent work he is doing with the ambitious Altos Las Hormigas project in Mendoza. With six international owners including world-renowned Italian winemakers Attilio Pagli and Alberto Antonini, and Chilean terroir specialist Pedro Parra, the project is not shy of expertise; however Erazu has been an important addition to the team since 2012, helping Altos’ transition into a more modern style as well as a dedicated research programme. In 2014 Erazu made 85 experimental micro-vinifications, no mean feat for a winery that only makes 100,000 cases annually. Many of his experiments have already come to light in the commercial wines of Altos Las Hormigas: a zero-dosage sparkling Bonarda Rosé 2013 in Colonia Las Liebres, and the release of the long-anticipated Appellation series now topping the Altos Las Hormigas Malbec collection. Later this year Erazu will release three of his own wines under a new Revolver brand which are a result of this research: a grippy and mineral Chardonnay and a fresh, gunflint Pinot Noir both from Gualtallary, and a low alcohol Torrontés from Tupungato. “Basically this is an experimental playground on limestone,” he comments. “After what we did with Malbec, now we want to see what limestone does to other varieties that typically do well on limestone, like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.” Erazu’s productions may be very limited in size, but his thirst for experimentation and changing the concept of premium Argentine wine has no limit.

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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