The yet-to-arrive-in-the-UK 2016 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their June 2019 panel tasting of South American Icon Wines (see blue link below).
Salentein Numina Gran Corte 2015 - June 2019 Decanter review
In the remote upper reaches of Argentina’s Uco Valley on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Bodegas Salentein produces a remarkable collection of wines from vineyards planted at some of the highest elevations on the planet. From this lofty outpost, 65 miles south of the bustling city of Mendoza, Argentina’s winemaking capital, Bodegas Salentein (Sah-len-tyne) has started to forge an international reputation for its fine wines. Each year, growing numbers of curious wine lovers are drawn to this spectacular location, intent on discovering and experiencing the beauty and ethos of Bodegas Salentein for themselves. Bodegas Salentein is a wine destination like no other. Established in the late 1990s, Salentein is a privately-owned estate of almost 5,000 acres, of which 1,124 acres are planted to vine. The property includes a world-class winery and cellars, a 125-acre nature preserve, the showpiece Killka Center for Culture and the Arts, a nearby lodge (the Posada Salentein, offering an elegant and relaxed retreat into nature), and the landmark Chapel of Gratitude, a non-denominational chapel of ascetic loveliness, built using ancient local stonework techniques.
The grapes grow on alluvial, stony soils in the high elevation vineyards of the El Oasis estate (3,609 feet above sea level). The handling of the canopy is based on a perfect balance of shade and sunlight, allowing each grape to reach optimum ripeness.
José Galante, Salentein’s distinguished Chief Winemaker is one of the most influential in Argentina and has been called the “Father of Argentine Malbec.” Galante works closely with consultant and legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs to craft expressive wines with viticultural depth and a precise balance of flavors.
100% of the grapes are hand-harvested and selected before undergoing a gentle de-stemming. From the selection table, grapes are transferred into 7,000 liter oak casks where alcoholic fermentation takes place. Each variety is fermented and aged separately in oak barrels. The varieties are blended together after 6 months and the final wine ages for an additional 16 months before release.
61% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc.
Bright purple, vivacious wine endowed with depth and intensity. It has a fresh and sweet nose with a prevalence of red fruits like redcurrant and touches of black fruits in the background; a spark of violet adds a floral character. The fruit returns on the palate with a deliciously fresh profile which finishes full with traces of spice. A blend of about 65% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot with a little Cabernet Franc and a pinch of Petit Verdot; it is aged for around 12 months in French oak prior to blending and for a short period after in barrel, to aid integration.