This ‘blend of reds’ from Mendoza’s Uco Valley is taken from five separate vineyards, 70% Malbec from two separate plots plus Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Merlot (5%) and Cabernet Franc (5%)—a Bordeaux blend, Mendoza-style.
Each plot is hand-harvested at different times according to ripeness and expression, and fermented separately using a combination of concrete eggs, 1,000 litre oak casks and standard 225 litre oak barriques. 60% of the wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 16 months, prior to final blending and bottling.
Full bodied and dark ruby-violet in colour, sweet hedgerow fruits lift from the glass immediately, blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and plum, backed up with heady spice notes from oak, hints of vanilla, leather and chocolate. The palate is predictably full, smooth and rich, black forest gateau coated in chocolate powder tannins and afternotes of coffee bean, vanilla and a liqueur-like lick of crème de cassis.
Serve up with your favourite cut of beef, a rack of short ribs or a barbecue.
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