Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of Best Organic & Biodynamic Buys Under £30 (see blue link below).
Wallard Malbec 4 Manos 2014 - December 2017 Decanter review
Vincent Wallard’s idea for this his project ’Cuatro Manos’ came to him during his travels around South America’s vineyards in 2011. He asked the French natural wine-maker Emile Heredia to help him out to produce a natural Malbec in Argentina. It is neither a financial nor official partnership: Emile is considered by Vincent to be his mentor and his guide; the idea behind ‘Cuatro Manos’ is to share the experience and knowledge of French natural wine-makers such as Emile Heredia with local Argentinian or Chilean wine-makers, in order to spread the word about what is a new way to make wine in South America.
This is a high-altitude growing area, 1200/1400 metres above sea Level. It is therefore a wind-swept area, which results in healthy vines. This region of Tupungato is semi-desert and there is a significant difference in temperatures between night and day.
Winemaking: Manual harvesting, fermented for about 3 weeks, semi-carbonic maceration, indigenous yeast, full malolactic fermentation, no filtration, no fining, small amount of sulphur added at bottling.
This Malbec has a touch of Syrah about it - savoury, smoky, blue and blackberry fruit and although full is deliciously fresh.