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Bodegas Staphyple, ran by the Porretta family for three generations in Mendoza boasts its success to the hidden, privileged location of the vineyards, allowing the grapes to ripen without losing their freshness.
An approachable Malbec! This is a young and fruity wine from the Porretta vineyards in Luján de Cuyo. Really soft flavours of cherries, plums, and a pleasing finish.
Ripe plum, blackberries and cherries on the nose. This is rich and rounded wine with perfectly balanced tannins. The long finish is smooth and succulent. This wine cries out for barbecued meat or strong cheeses.
The vineyards for Fidèle Soleilla are perched high in the dramatic hills and terraces above the Vallée d’Agly with a unique character of its own. The famed black schist is interspersed with pockets of limestone from the higher slopes, combining the richness and power that is typical of Maury with a fresher, more finely defined character. A very special site making very special wine.
Château Puybarbe is situated at the highest elevation of the Côtes de Bourg appellation, looking over the Gironde estuary on the right bank of Bordeaux. The 36-hectare vineyard comprises predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and is cultivated according to sustainable philosophies. Château Puybarbe uses no herbicides or chemical fertilizers.
This wine is a delight with various including rich salads, various vegetarian meals as well as moderate red-meat dishes. Roasted chicken, fried veal escalope & duck confit.
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?
From Finca Mangato vines in El Paral, Tupungato at 1,200 metres above sea level, planted on shallow sandy-loam soils, this lovely, compact Malbec is co-fermented with 8% Syrah, and this partly explains its lively, fresh character. It is dark and inky in the glass as one would expect, with charming notes of wild cherry, plum and blackberry on the nose. In the mouth the structure is tidy and precise with perfectly integrated tannins and a delicious, long finish reminiscent of those same dark fruits. 30% of the wine is aged in second use French oak barrels for 6 months. A lovely entry point into a range full of stars.
Leticia, meaning Joy in Latin, is the name of one of Estela Perinetti’s daughters; a fitting tribute to a wine so close to the winemaker’s heart.
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.
A bountiful nose redolent of black cherries, squishy plums, spices and wild herbs. Big and beautifully rounded on the palate with rich, ripe black fruit flavours, more spice and a long finish with hints of fresh fig, liquorice and vanilla.
This single vineyard Malbec from Viña San Luis represents pretty much everything you need to know about what makes Cafayate so good and so special. For those who like their Malbec painted with a decadent splash of inky purple fruit this delivers in spades.
This wine is a blend of grapes grown on the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels. The vines in the Ngakirikiri, Twyford and Omahu Gravels vineyards are now approaching 20 years of age and are cropped at low levels to produce grapes of the highest possible quality. All this combines to produce a wine with rich aromas of black fruit and fragrant spicy oak in this sumptuous red wine. The palate is full-bodied with incredible concentration of supple, rich ripe fruit, smooth supple tannins, beautifully integrated oak and great complexity.
If you translate the word “Mal” from Afrikaans to English, it means “crazy” and “Bek” means “mouth”. And that was quite clearly the inspiration behind this label! This is of course 100% Malbec from the Helderberg.
Like dark chocolate dipped oranges, with lovely minty notes, violets and a sweet perfume. Medium-full bodied, and very much so showing the softer, prettier side of Malbec, with gentle tannins, good freshness, and a lovely rounded mouthfeel.