Mendoza Wine Tasting on a Great Budget
Mendoza Wine Tasting on a Budget was a lot for the money, when I went on the wine tour for only 225 pesos (2015). I visited two wineries and one olive factory with a bus that arrived at the door steep of the wineries. So convenient, when having short time. I learned a lot more about wine and how to taste properly. They harvest the wine by night so they keep all the sugar inside the grape, it gives better wine and quality. Really, by night? Didn’t know that. Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour, I just booked it with the hostel I was staying with, no further research. I was bit lazy, but it delivered what I wanted: Mendoza wine tasting!
Mendoza Wine Tasting in the fall weather of Argentina
Then we walked through the process with the wine, which was interesting, not so easy to remember the correct details. There is two barrel that makes the flavor of the wine. It is the French and the American barrel, these two barrel provide with different flavors from the oak also gives the character to the wines. It all depends on the wineries how they like to have their wines and how long they are one each barrel. This depends on what character they want to give the wine that they are producing.
The most interesting part was of course tasting. We tasted three wines each place. We started with the youngest wine (11 months), it has less time in the barrel. We ended with the premium wine that has the longest time in the barrel between 15-18 months it depends on the wineries. We tasted one wine that had the cost of 115 pesos in Argentina and were sold in the German market for 110 euros. Happy that I was in Argentina. Malbec is the biggest and the national grape of Argentina, it never goes wrong with having that for either Asado or Empandas, or just drinking with good friends and enjoy a good time. I miss, Argentina already.
Mendoza Wine Tasting with Domiciano de Barrancas
Mendoza Wine Tasting with Pauline Travels
When tasting, first see the color is it light is it dark (young or old wine). Then smell one time without moving the glass. Then move the glass, you will feel two different flavors the top and the bottom notes. When you move the glass you will see the drop from the top of the glass. If they are going fast down in the glass it is a sign of a young wine, if it´s slow it´s older – premium wine. Then when tasting you have to say something like it taste like chocolate, berries, strawberry, blubbery, coffee and so one. These flavors are coming from the oak barrels.
The difference between young wine and old wine (I’m not sure if I did understand it completely, so please correct me if I´m wrong) The young wine is the one that has a bit more spicy to it, a normal grape is the shiraz for young wine. This wine has only 2-3 years to live in the bottle before it get´s bad. This is also because most of the time it has a plastic cork, they can’t be saved for a longer time. The older wine is more complexity and has a rounder taste and a longer taste. It can live in the bottle for a longer time from 8-15 years it depends on the bottles and the production. It has natural cork. Wine shouldn’t be saved for more than 15 years in the bottle, that is the maximum time for the wine. An old wine can develop flavor in the bottle around 5-7 years in the bottle. Of course there are probably exception.
Mendoza Wine tasting with Vistandes