WINE TALK May 2020



We are adapting to the new normal, hearing much more from our retail customers as the pubs and restaurants have closed. We took the decision early on to invest in a new website to make it easier for you to select your wines. The developers have been busy and we will be launching the new site by the end of May, so watch this space.

Our delivery service continues during the COVID-19 restrictions, which respects the two metre distancing advice from the government. You can place orders online or call the shop 9am-4pm Monday-Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm. We will deliver to you and leave the case outside your door, alternatively you can collect from the shop and we will place the case outside on the path for you.

Our stocks remain at good levels and we have wine on its way from vineyards overseas, so we can meet all orders at present. Whether using our delivery service or collecting from the shop we believe it is safer than visiting a crowded supermarket and will provide you with some great wines to pass those long days of isolation.

Many thanks for all those who have been supporting us during this difficult time. If you would like to recommend us to any friends it would be greatly appreciated. Any mentions on social media and links to your contacts would also be very helpful.

We wish you all well and hopefully we can all return to normal later in the year.

Best wishes

Simon and the Talking Wines Team

Del Rio Elorza, Cool Patagonia

Argentina has enjoyed enormous success over recent years with full bodied reds, especially Malbec. These rich, deep wines ripened in the sunshine of the high-altitude of Mendoza have pushed Argentina to the forefront of the wine world.

But there is more to Argentina than these full bodied reds. The aromatic Torrontes wines of Salta in the north are a real treasure and a topic of its own. In the south of Argentina lies the cool climate region of Patagonia. Here situated in the Valle de Rio Negro, is the small family producer Del Rio Elorza.

Patagonia is a cool region, the most southerly wine region in South America. The Rio Negro runs from the Andes in the west to the Atlantic in the east providing a fertile valley. Although at much lower altitude than other Argentine wine regions, Patagonia still benefits from significant diurnal temperature variation between warm days and cold nights. This lengthens the growing season providing ripe fruit balanced by fresh acidity.

In 2001 the Del Rio Elorza family bought a 40 hectare neglected vineyard and set about re-invigorating the vines and replanting where necessary. They only produce premium wines making use of the cool climate to excel in the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

We have had great success with the Verum Pinot Noir (£13.99), a wonderfully vibrant Pinot Noir with bright red fruits and a smooth finish. We have recently added two further wines from the vineyard. The Verum Chardonnay (£13.50) with just 10% barrel fermented gives a lovely fresh style with a creamy texture and citrus and orchard fruits.

The undoubted star of the vineyard is the Tacito Reserve Pinot Noir (£25). It is a stunning wine with savoury flavours of plum and berry fruit with balancing freshness and amazing length. It is a real contrast to the blockbusters from northern Argentina with its subtlety.