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El Camino – the King’s Highway – threads mythically through the foothills of the majestic Andes among vineyards famed the world over for the purity of their growing conditions.
A well-balanced wine with inviting aromas of plum jam, through to a fresh juicy palate and a rich smoky finish.
Situated between the City of Mendoza and Chile, the Sottano winery has the Andes as a backdrop and is known for growing the most high end grapes in the region. This malbec has complex flavours of ripe red frutis, chocolate and vanilla brought together through good structure and velvety tannins.
A really good winemaker like Mauricio Lorca sometimes dots the i’s and crosses the t’s with a little touch of something else. In this case Mauricio has used a little Syrah – powerful, spicy, dark Syrah – to inject a little extra pizzazz into this already very attractive Malbec. The key to the wine’s huge appeal is, like many good things in life, its simplicity and honesty. Simple, juicy, fresh and delicious; what’s not to like?
The nose is complex with powerful aromas of blackberry and blueberry with, rose, rosemary, violets and floral notes as well as a hint of spice. The palate is nicely concentrated and with fine tannis. The flavours of blueberry, plum and blackberry are big, with hints of bittersweet cocoa and a subtle stimulating flavour of mint and violet, dark cherry, blackberry, red plum, earth, espresso, tobacco, dark chocolate, black pepper, black tea, violet. Very complex.
Grapes are only ever from De Angeles’ one small vineyard – ‘Viña 1924 Parcel 3’ – and the age of the vines partly explains the stunning concentration here. Deep ruby red in colour, lovely aromas of plums and sweet red berries, silky-textured in the mouth with incredible length. Elegant yet intense, fresh, complex, superbly balanced and, best of all, very moreish.
Incredible wine! Great complexity and aromatic intensity, notes of cherries, spices, tobacco, cassis, white pepper, and cloves with touches of mint and chocolate. Good structure and acidity, velvety and sweet tannins. Full bodied in the mouth with a long and persistent finish.