Mosquita Muerta ‘Sapo de Otro Pozo’ 2017

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Description

‘A fish out of water’ is the sentiment here, although the literal translation ‘toad from another well’ is even more in-brand for the rococo Dead Mosquito.

This is five vineyard blend of Syrah (20%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and three separate plots of Malbec (60% of the total blend) from the Uco Valley in the southwest of Mendoza. 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. Half the wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 14 months, prior to final blending and bottling.

Full bodied and dark cherry in colour, the nose is thick with sweet black fruit, smoky and spicy aromas from the oak, and notes redolent of wild herbs, vanilla and violets. Full, ripe and rounded on the palate, with a great balance of acidity and tannins, an initial burst of blackcurrants and blueberries is followed by silky chocolate, coffee and caramel notes, with a dash of peppery spice and vanilla to finish.

Serve up with steak or home-made burgers, or a traditional roast beef with dripping-roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.

  • Full, smooth, rich
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2025
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Producer: Mosquita Muerta Wines

Mosquita Muerta — “dead mosquito” — began in 2010 when José Millán, along with his daughters Marisel and Melisa, burst onto Mendoza’s wine scene with a determination to develop premium reds at an affordable price.

The branding of the company, a reaction against the ‘intellectualisation of wine’, is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the women in José’s life — the logo is a cross with five letters M, for the name of his four daughters and his wife, Marisa. With names such as Cordero con Piel de Lobo (“sheep in wolf’s clothing”) and Perro Callejero encuentra tu hueso de oro (“stray dog looking for his golden bone”) the wine labelling is striking and darkly humorous.

The winery has a thousand hectares scattered in vineyards located in Gualtallary, Vista Flores, Chacayes, Tupungato, La Consulta, Los Arboles, Altamira, Perdriel and Medrano with winemaker Pablo Bassin dedicated to finding the perfect potential of  varietal and soil matches. The grapes are carefully hand harvested and fermented in French oak barrels and concrete tanks, with the proportions of each maturation method varying across the range.

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