Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition expert review of Argentina's Calchaqui Valley (see blue link below).
Colome Autentico Malbec 2016 - Oct 2018 Decanter review
The 2015 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Extreme Viticulture in South America (see blue link below).
Colome Autentico Malbec 2015 - October 2017 Decanter review
Bodega Colomé was established in 1831 by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854, his daughter Ascensión, who was married to José Benjamín Dávalos, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Colomé. Grapes from three vineyards (of four hectares each) planted in that year are still used to make wines. Located in the Upper Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina, not only is Colomé the oldest winery in Argentina, but it also claims to own the world's highest vineyard.
The altitude of the Upper Chalchaquí Valley has a positive impact on the quality of the grapes. The higher the altitude, the more exposed the grapes are to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which causes them to develop thicker and darker skins to protect themselves from sunburn. The fruit for this wine comes predominantly from San José, one of the oldest vineyards in Colomé, originally planted around 90 years ago. Soils are sandy with layers of gravel which aids drainage.
The grapes (100% Malbec) were triple sorted, once in the vineyard, once for imperfections on the sorting table at the winery and then once more for green material in the must before entering the fermentation tanks. The wine was produced using traditional techniques and no commercial yeasts were added. The cap was punched down regularly and the wine was aged in tank without any oak ageing. It spent 10 months ageing in tank, then a further 10 months in bottle prior to release.
An intense inky colour with violet tones. Aromas of black fruit, cherries, white mulberry, figs and an elegant spiciness with a mineral touch. A robust and concentrated palate with crisp acidity. The tannins are ripe and fine-grained, giving structure and balance.