(2016) Fermented in open top barrels, whole cluster, partial carbonic. Time in barrels (60% new) then into foudres. River soils of sediment and river stones. Delightful violet lift, really has those top notes that are beguiling over ripe, but not heavy red and black fruits, a little schist or earthy edge. Fantastic mouth-feel, of lighter tannins, that raciness of red fruit and cherry tartness. Dry, and racy, with an ashy dry quality and retaining that juicy, fresh acid edge of acidity.
(2016) A deeper soil. Slightly meatier than the River Stones, but still has that violet lift, and some herbal notes. Cedar and graphite too. Richer and fuller, with a gorgeous fleshiness to the fruit and, plum and that dry flesh and skin of the plum, dry and earthy, so much sweetness but butteressed by the acidity and tannin, and the gentle polish of the oak.
(2016) From Calcium Carbonate (limestone) plots, and a blend of 60 different components, only 300 cases are made. The wild yeast earthiness and raciness is there immediately, intriguing with its meaty and umami aromas flavours, but intense black fruit too and then such great orangy acidity, real pronounced acidity that propels this powerful and delicious wine.
(2016) A blend of 70% Cabernet and 30% Malbec. A delightful ripeness of cassis and black cherry, sweet juicy black plum flesh adding to the fruit forward, hedonistic appeal. The cedar and the chocolate add depth and layers, spicy and super concentrated. Fantastic palate, the gloss and purity are marvellous, so long and pure, the oak and the spice subsumed by the fruit purity.
(2016) Very much red fruit driven, with a lot of sweet, ripe creamy fruit coming through. Very elegant, with a little chocolate but also some smokiness and some polished wood or briar. Bella Vista has great juiciness, with loads of fleshy plum and blackcurrant, the spices and the very dry tannins again suggesting this needs time: a big, chalky dry finish that will become silkier with time.
(2016) From limestone soils at la Consulta in the Uco Valley. Subtle grilled meat and blood character, with a real minerality, tight fruit is fine and ripe, but that chalky mineral dryness. The palate has a gentle raspberry touch to dark, ripe, rippling fruit. The palate has huge substance too: a weight of tannin that is chocolate supple, spices and a mineral earthiness, all that sits below the fruit, with a long, powerful finish that suggests it needs time.
(2016) From Medrano and an 85-year-old vineyard this is made in small 160-litre barrels that means a little more micro-oxygenation. 14 months in barrel. Beautiful lift and raspberry freshness, lots of high floral character that is super attractive. Fabulous character on the palate, tight fruit and chocolate, a real damson plum bittersweetness and great concentration without too much weight.
(2016) I feel a bit bad for loving this wine so much, as it is sold only at the winery: it's an equal parts blend of the three Fincas, Mirador, Bella Vista and Altamira, blended as the others are bottled and given four extra months in barrel to homogenise. The idea is to make a blend not just of Malbec, but of terroir. Lovely creamy black fruited elegance. A touch of charred meat, a little floral note too. Meaty, rich and shows all those qualities from sweet black fruit to spice, to meatiness. It is so hard to separate these single Fincas and this wine, but I love the completeness of Temporis.
(2016) Meaty, coffee tones, the lift of violet coming through. The plum skins and the bite of meaty umami aroma and flavour, with the palate meaty too, a chewy smoky, meats and lovely orange acidity, this has great fireworks, such amazing plum ripeness, edge salty minerality, delicious length.
(2016) A smokiness and meatiness, dry and savoury. The black fruit is inky and dense, lovely ripeness. So much pepper and spice and liquorice density and bittersweetness in a profound and concentrated expression of Malbec, though I would have asked for a little more light and shade.