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The first commercially available blend of Malbec and Torrontés and a sweet Kiwi Riesling are among the new releases reviewed by Claire Hu.

Argentinian importer Las Bodegas is launching what it claims is the first commercially available blend of Malbec and Torrontés.

Malbrontes 2009, made by Mauricio Lorca in Mendoza, is an homage to Rhône wines from the Côte Rôtie where a dash of white Viognier is sometimes added to the Syrah. It’s also aimed at creating a bit of stylistic interest around Malbec.

The 5% Torrontés adds a perfumed note to the ripe and fruity blend, says Las Bodegas. Rrp is £8.99.

Hine Cognac is releasing a 1960 vintage to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Bernard Hine describes the vintage as, “lively, supple and well-balanced, a Grande Champagne of beautiful amber colour which reveals  great finesse through aromas of dry fig and flowers.”

The rrp of Hine 1960 Jarnac matured vintage is £250 a bottle -  Berry Bros and The Coburg Bar at The Connaught have stock.

Hine joined the Pol Roger Portfolio in May and that Pol Roger is making Hine vintages more accessible to the trade by offering them by the bottle or as part of a mixed spirits case.

Bodega Septima, Grupo Codorníu’s Argentinian winery, is getting behind Sauvignon Blanc from the country with the introduction of a 2009 wine.

Despite being the fastest growing white grape in the UK (Nielsen, October 2009) the varietal accounts for only 5% of total plantings in Argentina, and it is the first Sauvignon from Septima. 

The wine has a subtle, yeasty nose and is well-balanced in the mouth with notes of lemon rind and sherbet in the mouth. Rrp is £6.99.


The future for Aussie wines is all in the mix - according to Enotria which is releasing two new blends of five different grape varieties.

The Layers by Peter Lehmann features a 2009 white from Adelaide, a blend of Semillon, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay, and a 2008 red which is made of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Grenache and Carignan.

They both pack a hefty, in-yer-face, flavour punch. The rrp for Layers White is £10.50, Layers Red is £10.50.

Seifried’s Sweet Agnes Riesling 2008 is one of the first New Zealand dessert wines to arrive in the UK following recent changes to EU legislation which allows the wines to be imported into the country.

The 100% Riesling, which has off-trade distibution through Naked Wines, Laithwaites and Waitrose, won 11 awards in 2009.

A proportion of the fruit was allowed to dehydrate, and the grapes were then frozen and gently pressed. The wine is on sale for between £14.99-£19.99.

Glenmorangie is launching Private Collection - a series of innovative whiskies for connoisseurs.

A whisky will be released every year as part of the range, with Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX the first expression in this series and available for a limited period of time. 

It’s matured in former Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and is a rich, chocately whisky. Rrp is £65, available from Moet Hennessy UK.

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