If the Wine Star Awards represent the wine world’s equivalent of the Oscars then theWinemaker of the Yearmust surely be the equivalent of Best Director. This year’s big award goes toJorge Riccitellithe head winemaker of Argentine superstar estateBodegas Norton.
The Wine Star awards -run by heavyweight US wine magazine Wine Enthusiast -has grown over the last decade into the glitziest, “must be at” event in the international wine calendar. For the winners these prestigious Oscar-style awards carry with them huge international acclaim and a guaranteed increase in profile as well as opening many a door that may previously have been closed or only ajar.
Bodegas Nortonhas been making wine for 117 years and is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest estates.
No small amount of their current fame is down to Jorge who has been at the helm for the last 21 years. Norton’s wines are continuously singled out for the purity of their fruit and for an elegance not always seen in the wines of their compatriots. Altitude and top drawer wine-making -obviously – both have a key role to play in the elegance and freshness of the Norton wines even the biggest of the range thePrivada Blendis full-flavoured yet never heavy or cloying.
We have been working with Norton for a number of years and the wines from the floral, fragrantTorrontes, through theReservasup toPrivada Blendhave become firm staff and customer favourites. There isn’t a dud in theline-up and those hallmarks of freshness and elegance permeate through the entire range.
So why not toast the winemaker of the year Jorge with his flagship wineNorton Privada Blend* on special for €13.99 (was €17.99)until the end of December…. Bravo Jorge!
*Match this multi-layered, blackberried red -Argentine style -with a good rib-eye or T-bone and a rich pepper sauce.
Here is what some of the world’s top wine publications have to say about Norton’s wines:
Robert Parker’s Wine AdvocateonPrivada Blend 2009€13.99(was €17.99) -
“..sourced from vines ranging in age from 50 to 80 years old, fermented with native yeasts, and raised for 16 months in new French oak. It is a complex offering with an elegant personality, layers of succulent fruit, ample structure… This outstanding value will be at its best from 2013 to 2024” - 91 points
Robert Parker’s Wine AdvocateonPrivada Malbec 2008 €19.99(limited quantities in select stores)
“..Alluring notions of sandalwood, exotic spices, cherry blossom, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry set the stage for a dense, ripe, voluptuous Malbec with impeccable balance and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for several years, but its succulent character makes it hard to resist now”- 91 points
Wine SpectatoronReserva Malbec 2009€11.49(was €12.99)
“Polished and supple, with fine tannins framing the rich kirsch, plum sauce and cassis notes, supported by a firm yet creamy frame, with hints of mocha and spice”- 89 points