(2019) The northern Italian variety Teroldego, grown here in the hills of Serra Gaúcha. Black as pitch, the nose here is smoky and meaty, a wisp of bonfire smoke, but then a more floral, exotically spicy aspect comes through, a touch old roses and a deep blue-black fruitiness. In the mouth there's a juicy cherry and raspberry intensity here, that smokiness wreathed through the fruit, the tannins firm but not stern, and the balanced acidity giving a long, fruit-driven finish.
(2018) Oenologist Bruno Motter studied winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina, which perhaps has helped him coax such an expressive Malbec from these hillside vineyards at around 500-metres altitude. In some ways this is a super-charged example, heaving with chocolate and mulberry, a raspberry ripple, creamy density of fruit, and yet it has elegance too. Six months in French and American oak adds to that cocoa depth, but there is such pure red fruit at the core of this, a soft but tight-grained tannin structure, and fine cherry acidity, that it is pretty and poised too. A big, open-armed crowd-pleaser and excellent.
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