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Decanter Oct 2018

August goes and September arrives.

Which means it’s time for the October edition of Decanter.

Obviously.

For our full compendium of around 350 Decanter-rated wines fom the last two years (including their reviews), please click here.

For super-scoring blockbusters (that we can still obtain!) from the last two years, please click here.

This month’s magazine is most definitely Andes-tastic, being, as it is, a South America special. Chile and Argentina feature majorly. And Decanter have naturally drawn out great examples of what those two countries do best, being:

  • ‘everyday’ wines (which is to underplay their quality but you see what we mean) in the £10-£15 bracket; and
  • meticulously-made boutique wines in the space above £25.

Specifically, the magazine features:

  • a panel review of Value Argentine Malbec, from across the country’s many regions (Mendoza, Salta, even Patagonia); again, there’s nothing here (in the review entire, not just from us) at 95 points or above. At these price points, that may not be so very surprising. We do offer 7 Highly Recommendeds/90+ pointers, including some top-value gems from Susana Balbo, Matias Riccitelli, Andeluna and Colomé, with top value of all lying with the ~£11 Bodega Renacer. Many well-rated Malbecs also pop up on a feature on the Colchaquí Valley - our don’t-miss-this here is the Amalaya Malbec 2017;
  • a third panel review of South American Cabernet Franc(s). This may be quite a leftfield category, and not one for the uninitiated, but features some some wonderful wines at great prices and scores from the continent’s very best producers. The Zorzal Eggo Franco and Catena Appellation Cab Francs (from Tupungato and San Carlos respectively) have had die-hard followings at Exel for some time: these are great wines for around £15 or less.

 Elsewhere, this Latinofest sees

  • an interview with Daniel Pi of Trapiche and El Esteco, whose wines make a fine showing.

Finally, matters-not-South America are mainly restricted to Stephen Spurrier’s fine wine recommendations, where our perennial Tasmanian favourite, the Tolpuddle Chardonnay gets an airing of its very new 2016 vintage and clocks 95 points. We have a tiny allocation of this one, so do move rapidly if you’re a willing Tolpuddler.

 

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Amalaya Malbec 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition expert review of Argentina's Calchaqui Valley  (see blue link below).

Amalaya Malbec 2017 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2016 vintage was Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 edition article 30 Great New World Buys under £30 (see blue link below).

Amalaya Malbec 2016 - Feb 2018 Decanter review

Amalaya translates to ‘hope for a miracle’ in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe, the Calchaquí. The winery is situated in Cafayate, Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina at nearly 1,828 metres above sea level. It is a part of the Hess Family Estates and is run with the same dedication to quality, sustainability and social responsibility as the other Hess Estates. All of the Amalaya wines are fruit driven in style, with a finesse that unites them. These wines offer incredible value for their quality and truly reflect their ‘sense of place‘.

The estate's vineyards are located in the Cafayate Valley in the very heart of the Calchaqui Valley, distinguished for being the highest wine region in the world. The climate here is very dry, with just 150mm of rain in an average year and huge temperature fluctuations of around 20°C. The soils here are rocky, poor and sandy so the roots of the vines are forced to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need, which in turn results in a huge concentration of flavour within the fruit.

85% Malbec, 10% Tannat, 5% Petit Verdot (and labelled solely as Merlot for the first time with this vintage).

After careful sorting by hand at the winery, the grapes underwent four days of cold maceration followed by a slow alcoholic fermentation. Maceration on the skins lasted around 18-20 days to extract good levels of colour and tannins. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and once complete, 25% of the wine was aged in French oak for a period of 10 months.

This wine has a deep ruby red colour with purple edges. There are intense fruity aromas of red berries, raspberries and floral notes with a touch of spice and chocolate. It is well structured, fresh and fruity in the mouth with soft and rounded tannins. Velvety with a long finish.

£12.15

Ventolera Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc  (see blue link below).

Ventolera Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Ventolera is an exciting new venture between founder Vicente Izquierdo and one of Chile's top winemakers Stefano Gandolini. The vineyard, which was planted in 1999, is located in the region of the Leyda Valley, just six kilometres from the Pacific Ocean. The area is being singled out as being Chile's newest and most radical cool-climate wine region, which is strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the Humboldt Current that flows up from the Antarctic. ‘Ventolera’ is a Spanish word which refers to this strong sea wind; its cooling influence is instrumental in producing wonderfully elegant wines.

The grapes are grown in two blocks that are south east facing. Canopy management in the vineyard ensures protection of the grapes from extreme sun exposure. The high humidity level combined with the cooling effect from the sea ensures a moderate climate for the vines. The vines are grown in heat-retaining granite and alluvial soil.

100% Sauvignon Blanc hand selected grapes from specific blocks within Ventolera's estate vineyard. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks to retain the freshness, aromatics and a fruity style.

Zesty citrus aromas and an attractive hint of nettles lead to a real depth of flavour on the palate, with an intense mineral character and a long, vibrant finish. Match with seafood such as smoked salmon, cold meat platters or hard cheese.

£14.75

Vina Echeverria Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc  (see blue link below).

Vina Echeverria Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Viña Echeverria is a family-run estate winery, owned and managed by the Echeverria family. Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1700s, Viña Echeverria is as much today, as always, driven by a shared passion for winemaking and an uncompromising search for excellence. Viña Echeverria combines nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern state-of-the-art winery, to produce a range of over 20 quality wines from nine different grape varieties. It has recently been awarded its Sustainable Winery status by Wines of Chile, as well as its ISO9000 certification.

The vineyards are located in the coastal Leyda Valley. It is situated between the towering Andes Mountains and the cool Pacific Ocean. Intense sunshine is tempered by cooling sea breezes allowing the grapes to achieve outstanding fruit aromas and exceptional colour concentration. The warm dry days and cold nights encourage a long growing season, which is ideally suited to produce healthy vines and grapes. Working with a model of micro viticulture, each plot, of no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted accordingly. The rows are planted in an east-westerly direction, to maximise the sun's exposure. Grapes are subjected to specific pruning, irrigation, canopy management and harvesting, which results in grapes of optimum quality and flavour. The soils are alluvial in origin, mostly clay loam and deep with good drainage. Manual harvest.

The grapes were carefully selected before being crushed, destemmed and chilled to 8°C. Cold skin contact maceration took place for two to four hours at controlled temperatures of between 8° to 10°C, to extract colour, flavours and aromas, resulting in a more complex wine. The grapes were gently pressed by pneumatic press; only the free run juice was vinified. The must was clarified by static sedimentation at 8°C for 24 to 36 hours, prior to vinification. It was fermented with selected yeast in stainless steel tanks at temperatures of between 11° to 15°C for 25 days, before being stored on its fine lees for two months. The wine was made in an unoaked style to showcase the purity of fruit.

This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc combines aromas of fresh herbs, asparagus, and green apples with attractive hints of green pepper. The palate is fresh and crisp, with a racy acidity and a fruity finish. It goes well with shellfish and fish dishes, especially sashimi and sushi; Thai fishcakes or goat's cheese.

£9.90

Vina Montes Outer Limits Zapallar Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc  (see blue link below).

Vina Montes Outer Limits Zapallar Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim of producing the best wines in Chile from the best regions. The Montes wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process. The Outer Limits wines were born out of Aurelio Montes' desire to push Chilean viticulture in a new direction. The 45 hectare Zapallar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Valley was Montes' first venture into the 'outer limits'. Due to the balance and concentration in the Outer Limits wines, they can be enjoyed now or allowed to age for a few years, rewarding with a wonderfully complex bouquet.

Grapes come from a single vineyard in Zapallar located seven kilometres from the coast in Aconcagua. Montes is the first producer to plant vines and make wines here. Due to the cool climate, similar to other cool coastal regions in Chile, the wines have racy acidity, minerality, elegance and distinct aromatics. The grapes are all hand-harvested each year at the end of March, later than other areas, due to the cool climate.

The 2017 vintage was characterised by favourable weather conditions –little rainfall and plenty of sunshine. This meant grapes needed little viticultural intervention to help ripen evenly and without risk of disease. Good weather continued well into the growing season and as harvest approached, temperatures dropped slowly, allowing fruit to retain acidity and develop aromatic complexity. This vintage has delivered fruit of exceptional quality, displaying a level of balanced ripeness not seen in recent vintages.

Grapes were cold soaked for 12-24 hours to extract aromas and then fermented very slowly in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 30 days. The wine was kept in contact with its lees for several months to give some roundness to the palate.

A very intense nose, with attractive tropical fruit notes of passionfruit and pink grapefruit mingled with tomato leaf and green chilli. A subtle saline touch on the finish hints at the coastal origin.

£15.35

Andeluna Pasionado Cabernet Franc 2014 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of South American Cabernet Franc  (see blue link below)

Andeluna Pasionado Cabernet Franc 2014 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Founded in 2003, Andeluna is a small boutique winery specialising in premium Bordeaux varietals of world class recognition. The vineyard covers 70 hectares in the beautiful Uco Valley near Tupungato, one of the best subregions of Mendoza. By night you can often see the moon illuminating the magnificent Andes Mountains nearby and the winery has been named after this stunning scene. Situated at an altitude of 1,300 metres, the vineyard produces some of the best fruit in Argentina. Winemaker, Manuel Gonzalez (previously Head Winemaker at Pulenta Estate and Chief Oenologist at Trivento) works alongside Andeluna's wine consultant Hans Vinding Diers to make outstanding wines which have propelled this producer into the global spotlight in a very short space of time. Their Pasionado range is only made in exceptional vintages and rivals some of the great wines of the world.

2014 was a challenging vintage with severe frosts significantly reducing the yields. December and January saw heatwaves which helped the growing season to progress, but late season heavy rainfall and lower temperatures just before the harvest threatened the vintage with mildew and rot. The timing of the harvest was crucial to avoid rot and careful selections took place, vinifying only the best grapes. The wines show fine aromatics and fruit concentration, with refined tannins.

The grapes come from vineyards located in Gualtallary in Tupungato at an altitude of 1,300 metres above sea level. The plants are irrigated by a drip-water system that regulates and supplies the exact amount of water that the plant needs. The vines are grown in alluvial, sandy and permeable soils.

The grapes were hand-picked in the coolness of dawn in April, when they had reached full polyphenolic maturity. The berries were manually selected and the best berries underwent cold pre- fermentation maceration. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 26°C. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for a period of 12 to 18 months and then cellared in bottles for a minimum of eight months prior to its release.

Intense aromas fill the glass, with deep red fruits and a remarkable presence of red bell pepper, fennel, mint, anise, eucalyptus and basil. A structured, full bodied wine, with rounded tannins which result in a pleasant and persistent finish. Serve with full flavoured meats such as steak or lamb.

£29.59

Catena Appellation (San Carlos) Cabernet Franc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of South American Cabernet Franc  (see blue link below).

Catena Appellation (San Carlos) Cabernet Franc 2015 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

See/click the link below for data on this wine from the winemakers themselves.

Catena Appellation Cabernet Franc 2015 - fiche technique

This wine is a purple colour with red ruby tones. The nose offers elegant aromas of spices, and fresh herbs as thyme and rosemary, red berries, cassis and raspberries, with layers of cedar. The mouthfeel is full and rich with cassis, raspberries flavours and notes of black pepper and oregano. The finish is bright and fresh with finely grained tannins.

£14.35

El Esteco Finca Notables Cabernet Franc 2015

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of South American Cabernet Franc  (see blue link below).

El Esteco Finca Notables Cabernet Franc 2015 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Among the Calchaquí Valley’s lush vegetation, rivers and rocky mountains, there emerges, unexpectedly, a stretch of desert. At an altitude of 1,800 metres, with its radiant sunshine and ideal temperature range hot days and cool nights, the environment is perfect for the vine growing. And it is here, in the heart of this unique valley where El Esteco stands with 1,000 acres of vineyards. French immigrants David and Salvador Michel founded the winery in 1892, taking advantage of this special region to produce distinctive and elegant high-end wines, with great concentration of colour, deep aromas and well-defined flavours.

The grapes for this wine are carefully harvested by hand, after which a second selection process is carried out to ensure that only the best grapes are used. The juice undergoes pre-fermentation maceration at 8°C in French oak vats. Indigenous and selected yeasts are used for alcoholic fermentation, which takes place at controlled temperatures between 26°C- 30°C. Malolactic fermentation occurs in new French oak barrels after which the wine is aged for 15 months. The wine is bottled following a light filtration and is aged for another 6 months before release.

A concentrated and intense wine with notes of black fruits, sweet pepper and hints of menthol The oak is well-balanced and of medium intensity The palate has ripe, juicy tannins with a long, persistent finish

£17.65

Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of South American Cabernet Franc  (see blue link below).

Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2016 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentine reds (Altamira and Gualtallary) (see blue link below)

Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2015 - October 2017 Decanter review

Zorzal is an Argentinian boutique winery which has been dedicated to the production of high quality wines since 2008 and is located at the highest point of the Uco Valley, often hailed as one of the most exclusive and well-regarded areas for viticulture in Argentina. The terroir is revealed in the Zorzal wines through a respectful, non-invasive winemaking process that puts austerity before exuberance and fruit before wood. The wines have rapidly gained international recognition. Founded by the Michelini brothers, who are outstanding in their passionate leadership in the vineyards and winery, this winemaking duo have become renowned as the trendsetters of the Argentinian winemaking scene.

The vines are grown at high altitude, drip irrigated vineyards in Gualtallary, in the Uco Valley. Gualtallary is situated at 1,350 metres above sea-level in the highest vinegrowing zone in the Province of Mendoza, at the foot of Tupungato volcano. This zone is characterized by its combination of altitude, alluvial soils, sunny days, low rainfall and wide temperature ranges. The diurnal temperatures here oscillate between 35°C and 17°C, creating long, slow ripening periods, concentrating the flavours in the fruit. This combination of cool climate and very specific white chalky soil, gives the wine great structure and a delicious acidity.

The grapes were placed in cement egg-shaped fermenters to allow the alcoholic fermentation to take place. The native yeasts were left to start working naturally. The egg shape of the fermenter facilitates vinification without the need for numerous pump-overs. Thanks to its ovoid shape, everything inside is constant movement, allowing gentler and more homogeneous extractions. Once the fermentation was complete, a maceration with the skins took place over 40 days and the wine was then removed from the tank before being returned to the same egg shaped vessel for 12 months further ageing (that is, no oak is used to preserve fruit characteristics and flavours).

A complex and mineral example of Cabernet Franc (100%) with distinct herbaceous notes such as green pepper, enhanced with black pepper spice. Restrained, with a refreshing, silky structure and a long, fine finish. 

£15.90

Andeluna Altitud Malbec 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Value Malbec (see blue link below). 

Andeluna Altitud Malbec 2015 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Founded in 2003, Andeluna is a small boutique winery specialising in premium Bordeaux varietals of world class recognition. The vineyard covers 70 hectares in the beautiful Uco Valley near Tupungato, one of the best subregions of Mendoza. By night you can often see the moon illuminating the magnificent Andes Mountains nearby and the winery has been named after this stunning scene. Situated at an altitude of 1,300 metres, the vineyard produces some of the best fruit in Argentina. Winemaker, Manuel Gonzalez (previously Head Winemaker at Pulenta Estate and Chief Oenologist at Trivento) works alongside Andeluna's wine consultant Hans Vinding Diers to make outstanding wines which have propelled this producer into the global spotlight in a very short space of time.

The grapes come from the vineyard located in Tupungato, which is situated at an altitude of 1,300 metres above sea level. The area is characterised by its great diurnal temperature swings, which encourages aromatic expression and a great intensity of colour in the wine. The vines are irrigated by a drip-water system that regulates and supplies the exact amount of water that the plant needs. Grown in soils which are predominantly alluvial and sandy, the vines undergo strict canopy management in order to reduce yields.

The clusters were hand selected prior to vinification and underwent a prefermentation maceration at low temperatures. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts in stainless steel tanks at temperatures maintained at approximately 26°C. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for eight to 12 months, followed by six months in bottle, prior to release.

A full flavoured Malbec with intense aromas red fruits and violets combined with delicate hints of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Sweet fruit on the palate is backed by soft, but high volume tannins which give the wine a long and exquisite finish. Serve with a juicy pan-fried steak, braised lamb shanks or a rich lentil stew.

£15.65

Colome Estate Malbec 2016 (1x75cl)

** SEE AVAILABILITY/DELIVERY NOTE BELOW **

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Value Malbec (see blue link below). 

Colome Estate Malbec 2016 - Oct 2018 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 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 high altitude of the Calchaqui Valley has a positive impact on the quality of the grapes as the more exposed the grapes are to the sun's ultraviolet rays, the better they are able to generate a thicker and darker skin to protect themselves. This leads to more colour and concentration of flavour building up in the grapes. The climate here is dry with very little rainfall, on average around 120mm per year. A large difference (20°C) between day and night aids the retention of natural acidity within the grapes. Soils are sandy with layers of gravel which aid drainage. The vineyards are all farmed biodynamically. Fruit for the Estate Malbec comes from vineyards at three different altitudes; La Brava Estate at 1,700 metres, Colomé Estate at 2,300 and El Arenal Estate at 2,600 metres.

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were hand sorted twice to ensure no green material or imperfect fruit entered the must. Fermentation was slow due to the altitude (lower oxygen) and followed by an extended maceration period of 25-30 days to extract good levels of colour and tannin. Malolactic fermentation occurred half in barrel and half in stainless steel tank. The wine aged for 15 months in French oak barrels of which 20% was new, 80% second fill.

Deep bright red with a magenta hue. Aromas of black and red fruits including blackberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and cherries, with touches of violet floral notes and hints of spices and minerals. Fresh and fruity on the palate with muscular structure and round, velvety tannins. A fine, delicate yet lengthy finish.

** THIS NEW VINTAGE ARRIVES INTO THE UK IMPORTER AROUND 1st OCTOBER - WE WILL HAVE THIS TO CONSUMERS BY 10th OCTOBER **

£17.80

Matias Riccitelli The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree Malbec 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Value Malbec (see blue link below). 

Matias Riccitelli The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree Malbec 2015 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Matias Riccitelli is the son of renowned winemaker Jorge Riccitelli. Having worked at some of the most prestigious wineries in Argentina and several vintages around the world, Matias used his experience, knowledge and passion and set up his own winery in 2009. His vineyards cover 50 hectares located in three selected sites within the premium growing region of Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. This is a young and dynamic project in which Matias is seeking to express the full potential of Argentine terroir.

2015 was an atypical year with higher than the annual average of rainfall in February and March. The grapes were harvested in good health and the wines have an excellent aromatic intensity. Vineyard The grapes are hand picked from Matias Riccitelli's vineyards. 50% come from the Perdriel vineyard at the foot of the Andes Mountains in the subregion of Lujan de Cuyo and 50% from the high altitude vineyard in Gualtallary, in the northern part of the Uco Valley. The average age of the vines is 15 years and they typically yield 7,000 kilos per hectare. A green harvest is performed in December to concentrate the flavours in the remaining berries. Both vineyards are influenced by diurnal temperature changes which encourages a long hang time, promoting concentrated flavours in the berries while retaining balancing acidity. The harvest takes place manually in 20 kilo trays in order to protect the quality of the grapes.

Meticulous sorting of the grapes was performed by hand in order to select only the best grapes. A cool maceration took place over five days, followed by fermentation at controlled temperatures of 26 - 28°C. Fermentation took place in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts. 20% of the grapes were fermented as whole clusters. The wine was matured in used French oak barrels for 12 months.

Deep purple in colour, with beautiful aromas of wild dark fruits, vanilla and chocolate on the nose. This is a complex and rich Malbec with smooth ripe tannins and a long finish. Great with a mixed grill, pasta with meat ragu or soft cheeses.

£16.75

Renacer Punto Final Mendoza Malbec Clasico 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Value Malbec (see blue link below). 

Renacer Punto Final Mendoza Malbec Clasico 2017 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

We came to this property, owned by Patricio Reich, through two different routes The first, not surprisingly in Argentina, was through Alberto Antonini, who is the consultant winemaker here. Alberto is excited by the commitment to quality and excellence that Patricio has shown since the outset, something that is displayed in the wines. The second, more surprisingly, was through Marilisa Allegrini. After visiting Patricio's property, she was so enamoured with Mendoza and the potential it has, that she decided to produce an Amarone style wine called Enamore at Renacer. The winery was built in 2004 and is located in Perdriel, in Luján de Cuyo, in the foothills of the Andes.

Grapes for this Malbec were sourced from two vineyards, Uco Valley, which is situated between 1,000 - 1,300 metres above sea level with poor soils, and Lujan de Cuyo, at 800 - 930 metres above sea level with intermediate soils. The vines are more than 50 years old.

The 2017 vintage in Mendoza was generally warm with dry. Cooler temperatures before harvest meant wines were slightly lower in alcohol, but had well preserved acidity. 2017 is considered one of the best vintages in recent years in Mendoza.

Grapes were harvested by hand. They were then maceration for three days at 8°C. Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts, lasted seven days in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 24 and 25°C. 30% of the wine was aged in second use French oak barrels for six months and the rest in stainless steel tanks.

This wine is deep violet in colour with red hues. Strong floral tones of violet and rose are combined with blackcurrant and raspberry, and subtle notes of vanilla from the time spent in oak. On the palate, the wine is smooth and silky with round tannins and a long and persistent finish.

£11.45

Susana Balbo Crios Malbec 2016 (1x75cl)

The forthcoming 2017 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Value Malbec (see blue link below). Despite the apppearance of the review, the 2017 vintage is categorically not yet commercially in the UK and appears still to be some months away. The 2016 is excellent!

Susana Balbo Crios Malbec 2017 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Susana not only became the first female enologist in Argentina after graduating with honours from Don Bosco University in Mendoza in 1981, but also was brave enough (or crazy enough as some would have thought at that time) to build an export category for Malbec when no one knew about this grape variety.

Susana enhanced the reputation of this distinguished variety which stands out for its notes of black cherries, spices and violets. The winemakers describe it simply in a few words - it is fruity with spicy notes!

The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand from vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley. It spends 25 days macerating to extract both colour and flavour before spending 9 months ageing in French oak barrels.

The wine has a beautiful reddish-purple colour. The aromas are a mix of freshly crushed black cherries with subtle coffee and vanilla notes, just enough to balance with the exuberant fruit. On the palate, the flavours of cherries and spice are obvious, and the jammy fruit quality is also prominent, with hints of spice and sandalwood lurking in the background.

£14.55

Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec 2014 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of South American signature grapes (see blue link below). 

Altos Las Hormigas Appellation (Paraje Altamira) Malbec 2014 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentine reds (Altamira and Gualtallary) (see blue link below)...

Altos las Hormigas Appellation Malbec 2014 - October 2017 Decanter review

... and awarded 95 points and Outstanding status in their October 2017 edition review of South American Extreme Viticulture (see blue link below)...

Altos las Hormigas Appellation Malbec 2014 - October 2017 Decanter review

... and awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status in their October 2016 edition review of Argentina (see blue link below).

Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Altamira Malbec 2014 - October 2016 Decanter review 

Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo, the only officially recognised appellation in Mendoza and one of the region's premier vine growing areas. The estate is known as a Malbec specialist with a reputation as one of the country's top five producers of this particular variety. 

The wine was matured in 3,500 litre untoasted oak foudres for 18 months, and a further 12 months in bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure that the quality of the wine was not interfered with.

Fresh and delicate on the nose showing layers of red cherries and raspberries combined with herbal notes of wild rocket and thyme and a touch of minerality. On the palate it is elegant and supple with fine tannins providing structure. A graceful, complex, deep and structured wine with considerable length.

£32.45

Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of South American signature grapes (see blue link below). 

Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2017 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentine reds (Altamira and Gualtallary) (see blue link below). Alas, the 2015 was sold out in the UK long before publication of Decanter, and we can suggest the new 2016 vintage as a close alternative.

Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2015 - October 2017 Decanter review

Doña Paula is a leading, modern winery at the forefront of exploring and investing in new, high quality wine regions in Argentina. Established in 1997, they own all of their vineyards covering 700 hectares. These vineyard sites are located in the best subregions within Mendoza including Ugarteche, Altamira, Gualtallary and Tupungato. The vineyards have always been cultivated using sustainable methods, maximising the true expression of terroir. Continuous innovation in vineyard management ensures Doña Paula produces top quality wines from one year to the next.

Warm temperatures during spring resulted in early bud break and early flowering. However, the combination of two cold springs in succession in the previous years (2015/16) has resulted in smaller clusters forming in 2017. Excellent weather conditions during the ripening period accelerated the harvest and ensured the grapes were in perfect health when picked. The 2017 vintage will be remembered for its superb quality, flavour concentration and low volume.

The grapes were sourced from two of Dona Paula's best estate vineyards: Finca Alluvia in Gualtallary, situated at 1,350 metres above sea level and Finca Los Indios, located in Altamira, Uco Valley at an altitude of 1,100 metres. The soils are stony in the first location and sandy loam in the second, but both have a high calcareous content. This Malbec displays the characteristics of its cool climate origins and the wide diurnal temperature differences. The daily diurnal temperature range is excellent for the production of quality grapes; the nightly cooling-off extends the ripening period, allowing the grapes to develop rich varietal characteristics while retaining balancing acidity. The vines are grown on espaliers, using drip irrigation and the vineyards are cultivated using sustainable agricultural practices.

The grapes were hand-picked, prior to a gentle destemming without crushing the berries. A cold, pre-fermentation maceration was carried out. Fermentation took place at low temperatures, followed by a post-fermentation maceration of 15 to 20 days, extracting colour, flavour and fine tannins. The wine was then racked to first, second and third-use French oak barrels for a period of 12 months.

Intense violet in colour, this estate Malbec has enticing aromas of plums, black cherries, liquorice and spice, backed by subtle mineral and graphite notes. Great balance and freshness on the palate, with a deep concentration of ripe fruit, soft tannins and a persistent finish. Perfect with a sirloin steak, hand-cut chips and herb roasted tomatoes.

£11.65

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2013 (1x 75cl)

The 'new' 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Malbec's micro-terroirs (see blue link below). The 2014 is not yet on release in the UK, and the 2013 is quite wonderful.

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2013 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

See/click the link below for more data from the winemakers themselves.

Catena Adrianna Fortuna Terrae Malbec 2013 - fiche technique

96 points - Wine Advocate

"There are three separate bottling from the Adrianna vineyard, one of them the 2013 Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae, sourced from the part of the vineyard with slightly deeper soils (we're talking only about 70 centimeters here!) that has limestone underneath, is flatter and provides very aromatic, slightly lighter wines, more feminine if you like. It's very floral, gentle, with fine tannins with a good structure based on a combination with superb acidity. This is also lighter colored, the more Pinot of the three. Some 3,000 bottles were filled in December 2015."

96 points James Suckling

"Blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of spice and bark. Perfumed. Full body, layered, chewy and polished. Deep and beautiful with so much dark fruit and intensity. Stone and chalk at the finish. Powerful. Drink in 2020 and onwards. Made from organically grown grapes."

£71.35

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2013 (1x 75cl)

** THIS WINE IS IN INCREDIBLY SHORT SUPPLY IN THE UK. WE CAN OBTAIN IT, BUT PLEASE CALL US TO ORDER **

The 'new' 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of Malbec's micro-terroirs (see blue link below). The 2014 is not yet on release in the UK, and the 2013 is quite wonderful.

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2013 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

See/click the link below for more data from the winemakers themselves.

Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Malbec 2013 - fiche technique

£176.80

Clos des Fous Pour Ma Gueule 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition feature on the Pais/Criolla grape in South America (see blue link below).

Clos des Fous Pour Ma Gueule 2016 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Clos des Fous is an exciting project between four Chilean friends: Pedro Parra (the viticulturalist), François Massoc and Paco Leyton (the winemakers), and Albert Cussen, who looks after the business. 'Fous' is the French word for 'crazy men', a reference to what their peers described as their 'craziness' in crossing the traditional vineyard boundaries of Chile to source grapes from vineyards in the extreme conditions further south and east. Pedro is credited with discovering many of the top vineyard sites across Chile, as well as revolutionising the way in which iconic wineries, such as Montes plant and manage their vineyards. The winery is based in Maule, to the south of the main vineyard area, where the 'Fous' make an enviable range of top quality varietal wines.

The name is a French expression "for my gob", a term used to describe a stash of wine for the producer to drink with friends and family. The grapes for Pour Ma Gueule are sourced largely from Itata Valley located 400 km south of Santiago. This is a cool, wet region without Coastal Mountain protection and lower sunshine hours, which gives elegance to the wines. All the vineyards are very small and measure between two and six hectares. The soil is paleozoic with a small amount of quartz.

The 'El Niño' effect (fluctuations in the temperatures of the Pacific Ocean) made 2016 an unusual year, the average temperature was lower and the harvest was delayed. This allowed the grapes to retain excellent acidity, resulting in well-structured and perfumed wines.

Each of the three varieties used in this blend were hand harvested, vinified and aged separately. After crushing, the musts were fermented in concrete and stainless steel, with malolactic fermentation taking place in tank and old barrels for 12 months. No new oak was used. Once finished, the wines were blended together, making a unique and distinctive wine.

Outstanding fruit with a noseful of red berries, black cherry, black pepper and a hint of violet. The aromas follow through on the palate, with fresh black and red fruit and revealing a lush, full-bodied wine. The mid-palate is round and velvety with very fine tannins, and excellent acidity enhances its liveliness and balance.

£12.70

Bodega Garzon Reserva Albarino 2017 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition feature on Uruguay  (see blue link below).

Garzon Reserva Albarino 2017 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2016 Vintage was awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Best Central South American White) at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).

Garzon Reserva Albarino 2016 - 2017 DWWA Decanter review

For full details of this unusual but superb wine, we would point you towards Garzon's own, excellent fiche technique/data sheet (click here).

This Albariño wine from Garzón will be the icon of Uruguayan wines, portraying ripe aromas of white peaches, citrus fruits (eg grapefruit) and featuring floral notes of jasmine. It has a fresh, crisp and fruity mouth feel on the palate with mineral notes, and is rounded off with extremely fresh and balanced acidity, with good structure and a delicious mouth-watering finish.

£14.50

Josef Chromy Pepik Sekt NV (1x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition's 'Weekday Wines'  (see blue link below).

Josef Chromy Pepik Sekt NV - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Josef Chromy has been instrumental to the Tasmanian food and wine industry, having owned and developed some of Tasmania’s leading wineries including Rochecombe (now Bay of Fires), Jansz, Heemskerk and Tamar Ridge. Joe acknowledges Tasmania as the regional hero in this development: "I came here with nothing but hope and ambition over 50 years ago. Tasmanians welcomed me and, with their help, I have been rewarded for the challenges and risks I have taken in the wine industry”.

At 76, when most people would be thinking about easing up, Joe launched Josef Chromy Wines in December 2007. In just a few years, Josef Chromy Wines has made an impressive impact on the Australian wine industry.

An elegant, easy-drinking sparkling with lifted floral aromatics. The palate exhibits crunchy green apple and fresh pear flavours that combine beautifully with the creaminess and complexity from lees contact and bottle fermentation.

Please click on the blue link below to see the winemaker's notes on this wine.

Josef Chromy Pepik Sekt NV - fiche technique

£21.30

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 (1x 75cl)

** OUR ALLOCATION FOR THIS WINE HAS BEEN SOLD, AT LEAST FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. DO CALL, AND WE WILL PURSUE MORE BOTTLES, BUT WE MAY STRUGGLE! ALTERNATIVELY, WE OFFER THE EXCELLENT 2013 VINTAGE **

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition column,  Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine World.

Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The Tolpuddle Vineyard was purchased by Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw in 2011. First planted in 1988 by Tony Jordan and Garry Crittenden with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it has since established a reputation for growing exceptional quality grapes. The vineyard took its name from the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were transported to Australia in 1834 for starting an agrarian union. The leader of the group, George Loveless, served part of his sentence working on a property near Richmond called GlenAyr, part of which is now the Tolpuddle vineyard.

The 20-hectare, north-east-facing vineyard is located in the Coal River Valley, which is in a rain shadow, so is dry but cold. The dry climate ensures there is very low disease pressure, which in turn means that they can leave the grapes on the vines for longer to ensure they ripen fully. The soil is light silica over sandstone and of moderate vigour, ensuring well-balanced vines. In 2006 the vineyard won the inaugural Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year award, reflecting the performance of this unique and distinguished site.

The 2016 growing season was drier than average meaning disease pressure was low and flowering was good. Ripening was even, and perfectly healthy fruit was harvested in late March, about two weeks earlier than average.

The grapes were all hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, and fermented in French oak barriques, of which one third were new. The wine spent eight months in barrel with gentle stirring as required, then a further two months in tank on lees prior to bottling. Minimal malolactic fermentation occurred.

On the nose, this wine is intensely aromatic and shows lemon peel, white blossom, wet stone and a captivating struck match note. Mouthwatering, fresh acidity courses through the palate with concentrated lemon barley, grapefruit and biscuit elements contributing weight to the body. There is intensity but also plenty of texture and verve, as well as a long finish.

£35.75

Colome Autentico Malbec 2016 (1x75cl)

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.

£27.05

El Esteco Altimus 2012 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage (not yet UK available and not arriving for the foreseeable future; only the 2011 is available from the sole UK importer) has been awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition expert review of Argentina's Calchaqui Valley  (see blue link below).

El Esteco Altimus 2011 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

Among the Calchaquí Valley’s lush vegetation, rivers and rocky mountains, there emerges, unexpectedly, a stretch of desert. At an altitude of 1,800 metres, with its radiant sunshine and ideal temperature range hot days and cool nights, the environment is perfect for the vine growing. And it is here, in the heart of this unique valley where El Esteco stands with 1,000 acres of vineyards. French immigrants David and Salvador Michel founded the winery in 1892, taking advantage of this special region to produce distinctive and elegant high-end wines, with great concentration of colour, deep aromas and well-defined flavours.

Altimus is the signature wine of El Esteco. Each year, Alejandro Pepa, the chief winemaker, changes its composition making every vintage unique and unrepeatable. This blend is made from the estates best parcels and from the harvest’s best grapes. Harvest is done either very early in the morning or at night when it is cooler and put into small 18 kg cases. A second selection is done in the crushing area and just the free run juice, which has greater concentration, is used for Altimus. Each varietal is vinified separately. After alcoholic fermentation in small stainless steel vats and spontaneous malolactic fermentation, the juice is pumped over to obtain maximum colour concentration before being placed in small French barrels to be aged for 12 months. After ageing, the final blend is made and placed once more in French barrels for 6 extra months. Finally, the wine is bottled unfiltered and un-fined to preserve the unique character

A complex wine with refined aromas of baked red fruits, dark chocolate and toasty oak. Ripe and powerful tannins give structure to the intense flavours of black fruits, liquorice & chocolate found on the palate.

£23.75

El Esteco Chanar Punco 2014 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage (not yet UK available and not arriving for the foreseeable) has been awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition expert review of Argentina's Calchaqui Valley  (see blue link below).

El Esteco Chanar Punco 2015 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2011 vintage (long since sold out) was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 interview with Daniel Pi of El Esteco (see blue link below).

El Esteco Chanar Punco 2011 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2012 vintage was Awarded 91 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).

El Esteco Chanar Punco 2012 - Oct 2017 Decanter review

Among the Calchaquí Valley’s lush vegetation, rivers and rocky mountains, there emerges, unexpectedly, a stretch of desert. At an altitude of 1,800 metres, with its ever-present sunshine and ideal temperature range - hot days and cool nights - the environment is perfect for the cultivation of vines. It is at the heart of this valley where El Esteco stands, with 1,000 acres of vineyards across this unique region. French immigrants David and Salvador Michel founded the winery in 1892, taking advantage of this special region to produce distinctive and elegant highend wines, with great concentration of colour, deep aromas and well-defined flavours. Their determination has certainly paid off; El Esteco is the leading winery in Salta.

65% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Concentrated bunches of small grains selected from the best rows of the parcels are manually harvested in 18Kg plastic bins. A second selection is done in the crushing area. Pre-fermentative macerations are made at 7°C, and native yeasts are used for the alcoholic fermentation. Before malolactic fermentation, each variety is racked into new French oak barrels of 225 liters where the fermentation process is carried on and aged for 18 months. The blend is defined after a selection of the best 8 barrels. Bottled without stabilization and filtration in order to maintain the essence of the wine.

A full bodied, concentrated wine rich with flavours of dark fruits, chocolate, baked plums & herbaceous notes. The palate is complex & explosive with a great concentration of flavour supported by firm, juicy tannins.

£35.95

Piattelli Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 87 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).

Piattelli Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The Piattelli Vineyards lie in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, where the century old vines are irrigated by the pure waters melting from the snow crested peaks; a significant aspect in making their wines exquisite. At Piattelli Vineyards great pride is taken in crafting wines with a sense of place, as each region has distinct terroirs and microclimates. Mendoza and Cafayate are two of the best grape growing regions in Argentina and they wanted to showcase both. Led by head winemaker Valeria Antolin, the wines are produced through her passionate pursuit of perfection. Their gravity fed winery in Cafayate honours their commitment to sustainable practices. Piattelli Vineyards practises sustainable farming and their Mendoza vineyards are USDA certified organic. The grapes are cultivated with arid clean air, crystal clear water and nutrient rich soil and their award winning wines are produced with wisdom, precision and love.

The idyllic characteristics of this environment bring these wines to perfection much earlier than wines made from grapes grown in regions with shorter seasons. The vineyards are located in the high Andes surrounding Salta, at an elevation of 3,937 feet. Cultivated with arid clean air, crystal clear water, and nutrient rich soil, the grapes are produced from 12 year old vines. The vines are managed so they yield just 5.5 pounds of fruit per vine and 4.45 tonnes per acre.

The grapes were hand picked and manually sorted. Grapes underwent three days of cold maceration before fermentation in small, 25,000-litre stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged for eight months in small, second-use French-oak barrels. Bottle ageing for an additional six months.

A bold, distinguished wine with a deep red hue. It has an enticing bouquet of blackberry and black pepper, which unfolds across the palate, lingering with a moderate tannin pull and a hint of spice on the finish. Pairs beautifully with red meats in rich, full flavoured sauces or a hearty mushroom based stew.

£13.00

Piattelli Vineyards, Grand (Reserve) Malbec 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded a Gold Medal and 95 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

The Piattelli Vineyards lie in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, where the century old vines are irrigated by the pure waters melting from the snow crested peaks; a significant aspect in making their wines exquisite. At Piattelli Vineyards great pride is taken in crafting wines with a sense of place, as each region has distinct terroirs and microclimates. Mendoza and Cafayate are two of the best grape growing regions in Argentina and they wanted to showcase both. Led by head winemaker Valeria Antolin, the wines are produced through her passionate pursuit of perfection. Their gravity fed winery in Cafayate honours their commitment to sustainable practices. Piattelli Vineyards practises sustainable farming and their Mendoza vineyards are USDA certified organic. The grapes are cultivated with arid clean air, crystal clear water and nutrient rich soil and their award winning wines are produced with wisdom, precision and love. Vintage 2015 was a challenging vintage, which was unusually wet and warm. A focus on the harvest dates with a meticulous selection of the grapes, ensured good quality wine.

From high in the Andes surrounding Salta come Piattelli's Cafayate wines, grown at an elevation of over 1,795 metres. The distinctively colourful North West Argentinian mountains are formed of many geological layers. The splendour of this area, with its pure water and extreme thermal amplitudes, is that it produces grapes bursting with flavour, making this not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the premier grape growing regions in the world.

100% Malbec. The grapes were hand-picked and destemmed. The must was fermented in 5,000- to 10,000-litre stainless steel tanks, and then aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels.

A rich and fragrant wine which represents the best of the crop. An intense red with aromas of black fruits, vanilla and a touch of smoke. These aromas are transformed on the palate to give the wine great structure and body. A soft fruit-forward flavour leads to a strong and balanced finish.

£15.90
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