South American wines have come of age and are now part of the British wine landscape – hence a new specialist for the Wines of Uruguay. Bordering the continent’s Atlantic coast and sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay’s wine remain less recognisable than some other countries in the Region, but there is no reason to believe that this will not change as viticultural and marketing techniques mature. Furthermore, with so many regions now producing high alcohol wines Uruguay may offer a welcome contrast for many wine lovers: “The wines produced here generally have a lower alcohol content as morphological ripeness comes with 12 to 12.5% potential alcohol. As in New Zealand, the wine attains a natural balance between acidity and fruitiness. While the wines’ tannins are clearly present, they have a soft and smooth character.”
Uruguay is a small country that enjoys an ideal geographical location to excel in the production of fine wines and has all the right conditions to produce distinctive wines. Its climate is unique and totally different from all other New World producers
One of Uruguays s features is the predominance of the Tannat grape, otherwise seen originally in the tannic Madiran wines of SW France, but in Uruguay the result is less tannic and alcholic and is lighter bodied – which should make the wine more approachable than the very robust reds of Madiran. However its not all Tannat – the country also produces Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, Merlot, Shiraz, Viognier and Pinot Noir – which suggests it is very suitable for a wide range of wine syles.
Wines of Uruguay UK’ was created in May 2009 by Carla Bertellotti, a passionate young Uruguayan woman who moved to England a couple of years ago who soon realized that those wonderful wines that she loved from her homeland were hardly known in the UK. She teamed up with a British partner, Fiona Burns-Brannan, specializing in the importation and distribution of boutique wines from Uruguay.
They offer a mixed Discovery case at 10% discount which should make for an interesting tasting!
Wines of Uruguay UK, 1 Townmead Rd, London, SW6 2ST t: 020 762 282 19