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Clos de los Siete 2016
This big and bold Argentinian red is the masterful work of flying winemaker Michel Rolland who is part owner of the Clos de los Siete winery in Mendoza. Clos de los Siete is set at the foot of the majestic Andes mountains where the high altitude vineyards help to capture varietal purity and ensure optimal ripeness for the grapes.
Born into a winemaking family and following a glittering career including stints at many of Bordeaux’s top chateaux, Michel Rolland first visited Argentina in 1988 and immediately recognised the winemaking potential of the Mendoza region. Rolland then partnered with the late Jean Michel Arcaute, another top Bordeaux winemaker to found the Clos de los Siete project combining top quality fruit from four bodegas, Monteviejo, Cuvelier los Andes, DiamAndes and Bodega Rolland.
This cuvee is a complex composition of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot which combine harmoniously to produce a smooth, full-bodied red with plenty of rich dark berry and plum notes. The intense and concentrated flavour profile make this a great match for red meat dishes like steak and frites, hearty beef stews or barbecued meats.
Edmond de Rothschild Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec 2017
Flechas De Los Andes was born in 2003 out of a collaboration between Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault who joined together to found a top winery in the foothills of the mighty Andes mountains. The winery is named after the five arrows or “flechas” in Spanish that are the symbol of the five brothers of the Rothschild family who are known for founding some of the world’s most prestigious wineries in France and beyond.
The winery is located in Mendoza where the high altitude vineyards and sunny summer days are ideal for premium winemaking. Well-draining sandy and gravel soils combined with the cooling breezes from the Andes and higher elevation ensures that the grapes reach maximum ripeness while retaining plenty of freshness and aromatic complexity.
This sumptuous Malbec is made from top quality grapes which are harvested by hand and vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The young wine is then aged in a combination of tanks and oak barrels for 12 months to add complexity while preserving the pure varietal character. The result is a rich full bodied wine with plenty of luscious dark berry character, smooth tannins and a long finish.
Mendel Unus 2017
This stunning Malbec is primarily crafted from top quality fruit from Finca Mendel, a historic single vineyard site which was planted in 1928 around the Mendel bodega. The plot sits at an altitude of 900 metres above sea level which helps to preserve aromatics and freshness in the fruit while the age of the vines ensures rich and concentrated flavours. Small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are also added to the cuvee to add extra weight and complexity.
Crushed blueberries, cassis and dark plums define the nose along with hints of dried violets while the first sip reveals a generous full body, very smooth texture and firm tannins that will respond well to further cellaring. The wine has been aged in oak barriques for 15 months which adds hints of cloves and cinnamon as well as attractive toasted notes on the long finish.
Built in 1928, Mendel is one of Mendoza’s oldest wineries. In 2002 it was bought by the Sielecki family who have partnered with top Argentine winemaker Roberto de la Mota. The winery’s philosophy is to craft European-inspired wines with ample elegance and ageability and a distinctively Argentinian soul.
El Esteco Michel Torino Altimus 2015
Argentina’s northern wine region of Salta is known for its magnificent spicy Malbecs. The terroir here is distinctly different from the classic Argentinian region for Malbec, Mendoza, since Salta boasts the highest altitude vineyards found anywhere on the planet. El Esteco occupies a dramatic setting in the Calchaqui valleys where the desert conditions and 1800 metres of altitude produce incredibly pure and concentrated fruit which is bursting with aromatic complexity.
Named after the Latin word for “the highest”, Altimus is the estate’s flagship wine which is crafted from the finest of grapes each year by winemaker Alejandro Pepa. The blend typically consists of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which are harvested at night to preserve the aromas and freshness. The young wine is aged in small French oak barrels for at least 18 months to bring harmony and polish to the finished bottling.
On the nose there is an abundance of ripe plums and berries along with violets which are a common feature of red wines from high altitude vineyards in Salta. The palate is very smooth with soft ripe tannins, a well-built structure and luscious dark fruit flavours which linger long on the tongue. A fantastic partner for a prime steak or hearty beef ragu served with fresh pasta.
Tapiz Black Tears Malbec 2014
This handsome Malbec is rich and smooth with ample cassis, dark plum and blackberry notes as well as hints of vanilla, coconut and bitter chocolate. On the palate there’s a generous full body, ripe tannins and long finish with notes of dried fruit and baking spice. The well-rounded and juicy flavour profile makes this a great match for roast beef, barbecued meats, or a prime steak.
Tapiz is one of Argentina’s leading wineries thanks to their deep commitment to research and development in partnership with local bodies like the University of Cuyo. This work helps them to produce truly exceptional wines which capture the typicity of each variety and terroir.
Their Black Tears Malbec is crafted at Finca San Pablo in Mendoza’s Uco Valley which has dramatic views of the magnificent Andes Mountains. The vines here sit at an altitude of 1400 metres, helping to preserve freshness in the grapes as well as delicate aromatic complexity. In the winery the young wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 24 months to add extra polish and harmony, followed by another 12 months of ageing in the bottle before release.
Riglos Gran Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Riglos winery was established by two friends from Buenos Aires, Darío Werthein and Fabián Suffern, who chose to name their venture after the place where their ancestors first arrived in Argentina many generations ago. Today they have a reputation for making top quality red wines from their Finca Las Divas vineyards which sit at 1350 metres of altitude in Mendoza’s Gualtallary sub-region.
The high altitude provides ideal conditions for premium winemaking since the vines enjoy sunny summer days balanced by cooler nights which preserves freshness and aromatics in the grapes. The grapes for this Cabernet are sourced from a stony plot on the Las Tunas de Gualtallary river where there is excellent drainage. Once in the winery the grapes are fermented and then the young wine matures in French oak barrels and casks for 18 months.
Sure to please lovers of big, bold reds, this powerful Cabernet opens with aromas of cassis, dark plum and blackberry along with spice and toast from the oak ageing. On the palate there is a generous full body, firm tannins and persistent finish with hints of licorice, dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.