Decant this or open in advance, as it has a wave of reduction that is helped with airtime. From high altitude (980-1100 m) sites in Uco Valley's Paraje Altamira and Vista Flores, this Malbec is soft and generous on the palate, native fermented and spent 20 days on skins before concrete and oak aging. Deep purple/blue hued, this potent wine pulls fresh figs, ripe blueberries, blue plums, on a soft, cushioned palate. There's a nice detailing to the structure, though the overall feel is soft. Tannins are smoothed and nubby and acidity is moderate, making this an easy choice for someone looking for a well-made Uco Malbec.
From a single site in Uco Valley's Paraje Altamira, this Malbec (plus 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Ancellotta) was grown at 1100 m on alluvial/calcareous laced soils. After native ferment, this sat on skins for 20 days before transfer to concrete and barrels for MLF and a rest prior to bottling. Perfumed and flush with purple florals, blueberries, blue plums, blackberries, the medium-bodied, tight palate is scratchy with texture and studded with stones. Tannins are gritty and acidity is edgy; all in check with the bright fruit and weight (a welcome 13.6 degrees) of this new wave Argentine red.
Black pepper filters through the nose of this Santa Rosa Tempranillo, selected from older vines, seasoning deep blue plum, mulberry, violets, black raspberry, pipe tobacco. Under the alluring berry fruit there's a dusky, spicy and brooding charcoal spicing to a lingering, textural finish. This has a natural intrinsic freshness to lift the sun-ripened weight easily to a bright and brisk fuller red. Native fermented in concrete vats plus a soft extraction and 20-25 days maceration reflects the winery's dedication to their wines, and this grape, in a foreign land.
Susana Balbo was Argentina’s first female winemaker. Opaque purple in colour, her wine has earthy, black fruits on the nose, which is both spicy and slightly reductive. It’s medium to full-bodied with savoury but fruity plum and black cherry flavours and a mocha chocolate note on a firm finish with lively acidity.
Depth of colour reveals bottle development. Lemon citrus and subtle buttery aromas yield to elegant varietal lemon citrus flavour on the palate supported by drying mineral and clean, refreshing acidity, finishing with a lick of butterscotch and a splash of vanilla.
This 100% Malbec is sourced from old vines in a single vineyard, Fino Agrelo. The richly complex nose reveals bottle-developed vinosity with harmonious spice and a delicate whiff of vanilla. Fine, developed blackberry flavours are supported by firm, but not overbearing tannic grip, with lingering dark fruit, black chocolate and spice on the finish.
Opens with complex, aromatic fresh blackberry together with background plum, cinnamon, clove and a whiff of herb. Mouth-filling flavours of ripe dark plum and blackberry are backed by very dry tannins and dark baker’s chocolate on the well-integrated finish. Give it another 2 to 3 years in the cellar.