VINE­YARD VIGNETTES Matías Ric­citelli la­bels, by Mar­cos López

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Af­ter a chance meet­ing at a wine store, fel­low Ar­gen­tines Matías Ric­citelli and Mar­cos López, an oe­nol­o­gist and a pho­tog­ra­pher re­spec­tively, de­cided to col­lab­o­rate on the wine­maker’s lat­est re­leases. Men­doza-based Ric­citelli takes pride in eye-catch­ing la­bels – his Hey! Mal­bec fea­tures a turquoise car­toon su­per­hero – and he gave López carte blanche to stamp his vi­brant Latin-pop por­traits on the 2016 Blanco de la casa (a Sau­vi­gnon Blanc/ Sémil­lon/chardon­nay blend) and Tinto de la casa (Mal­bec). López shot the im­ages in Buenos Aires’ Il Pic­colo Va­pore, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the can­teen’s mu­rals and col­lec­tion of pen­guin-shaped jugs, ves­sels tra­di­tion­ally used in Ar­gentina to serve house wine. ‘It’s a valiant risk for the win­ery not only to use pho­to­graphs on the la­bel but also to por­tray melan­cholic char­ac­ters,’ says López. What’s more, the brand­ing has de­lib­er­ately been rel­e­gated to the back la­bel. It’s not just the la­bels that are cap­ti­vat­ing; critic James Suck­ling gave the Blanco 95 points in June. Sor­rel Mose­ley-williams From £24, from Hall­gar­ten Druitt, hd­nwines.co.uk

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