(2016) From the Los Indios vineyard in Uco just 2000 bottles are produced. This wine is fermented in oak after a careful fruit selection, and aged 16 months in new French oak. It has a meatiness and plummy richness, plenty of spicy and creamy polished oak. There is a little lift, a little dark violet hint, but in truth I miss the little extra light and shade of the 1100 or 1350. The palate is chewy and rich, a lot of fruit, a fair amount of oak, and it has great length. Deep, sinewy, but perhaps could use just a little more light and shade. The 2010 is in the UK at time of writing.
(2016) Two years in barrel, partially from bush vines. Has real singing violet and ripe plum and black cherry. There is a smoothing layer of creamy and chocolaty spicy oak, but the full creamy fruit drives this. There's a meaty umami character on the palate, an earthy mineral style, plummy and darkly fleshy, with great acidity and ripe, plummy tannins.
(2016) Winemaker Marcos sees this as their ‘icon’ or flagship wine, although the Parcel series is priced a little higher. 100% Malbec from the same three vineyards of the Parcel series, but from patches with less calcium carbonate. Two years in barrel, 50% new, then another two years in bottle before release. Liquorice, herbs and florals on the nose, loads of red berry fruit and a little schist dark fruit beneath. The palate is super plush and sweet, flooded with black fruit, but the edge of acidity and the grain of the tannins roughens things up very nicely, giving this savouriness and not just ‘fruit bomb’ style.
(2016) A blend of 50% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% petit Verdot aged in 80% new French oak. Lovely peppery quality to this, savoury character, with olive and dried Chinese plums, with small herb and flower notes. The palate is savoury too, a sour cherry and plum gastromic feel, the spice of the fruit and barrel just smooths the finish.
(2016) Juicy, ripe and youthful, with chocolate overtones and that lovely sour plum fruitiness, a great elegance to the acidity, and lovely length again. Has the juiciness and fabulous balance, a real old world elegance to this with the fruit just notched into a ripe and juicier spectrum.
(2016) A blend of 69% Malbec, with 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. Quite a herbaceous and decidedly cedary character, with some animal notes and that briary, leafy quality persisting. The palate becomes much plusher and more juicy, some chocolate and a really pure blue/black fruit. Lovely acid balance, very creamy tannins and some spice, but it is sophisticated stuff indeed.
(2016) Fifteen months in 100% new French oak, from Agrelo. The blend is 45% Caberenet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Caberent franc, 5% petit Verdot. Black, ripe, cassis and black plum, with cedar coming through, the oak polished, and there is an elegance to the character on the palate too. The palate is really smooth, but fresh and smooth, with great spicy tannins and lovely dry extract. The Wine Society lists the 2011 at £21.00 at time of writing.
(2016) A little bit of mint and chocolate adding to the plush black fruit, a little riper than the 2012 Reserva, very composed and smooth. The palate has a rich black plum flesh palate, nice tight, thick-skinned blackcurrants and blueberries, a creamy oak polish and very svelte tannins. Still grippy, but well-balanced. Majestic currently lists the 2008 vintage at £40.00.
(2016) So much chocolate and cream here, with very dark, spicy and peppery fruit, a little meatiness too. The palate has that creaminess of texture and flavour, lots of plushness – perhaps a touch too much – giving this massive creamy presence and depth, a big sour plum squirt of acidity does offset and leave it dry and savoury along with the spicy tannins. At time of writing the 2010 is on sale for around £35.00
(2014) A brilliant vintage in Mendoza according to Paul, this comes from 17-year-old vineyards, planted with two Cabernet clones and sited at over 1000 metres. This is the stony vineyard ground of Pedregal. It has deliciously buoyant fruit. A lovely lift of spice and plenty of keen black fruit, dark and blackcurranty with lots of edge and peppery spice. Lots of grip, lots of tannin and tightly focused too, with a huge, long finish showing copious black fruit and spices. So many layers of fruit, spice, texture and grip.