You may or may not know that Uruguay is the fourth largest wine producer in South America with over 8,000 hectares of vines. The main grape variety here is the French grape Tannat, which – thanks to Uruguay’s sunshine – ripens earlier than in France, giving it a more approachable, fruitier style in its youth.
We’ve showcased Tannat since we launched Novel Wines in 2016 but with our newest listings of limited-edition Uruguayan wines we wanted to dive deeper into Uruguayan winemaking. In May we introduced two new wines from our old friends at Antigua Bodega Stagnari, a family-owned vineyard near Canelones, and a new blend from the Tannat experts Artesana.
From Stagnari we’ve gone for familiar favourites done differently: a smoky, well-aged Sangiovese from 2011 with hints of blueberries; and a gorgeously soft, sweet-spice Cabernet Sauvignon from 2013. Both are absolute steals at £7.99.
On the premium side we’ve swapped out Artesana’s straight varietal Tannat to go for their chocolatey 2012 blend of Tannat and Merlot. The wine is created by female winemakers Analia Lazaneo and Valentina Gatti, who have earned their place as Uruguay’s Tannat specialists. This blend is a must-try and only £14.99 – although we only have 30 bottles available!
Hopefully you’ll discover just how indulgent Uruguayan wine can be.