(2016) Beautiful aromatics, so expressive with pepper and olive, the balsamic note and gentle sandalwood character against super smooth and ripe fruit, deep and hedonistic, with massive juiciness as well as the swirling, deep pool of cassis and fleshy plum. Lovely, long spice and fruit finish. The 2011 is in AG Wines at time of writing for £21.99
(2016) 100% Malbec from Altamira in the Valle de Uco, organic from vineyards undergoing certification. Deeply scented, earthy and a touch closed at this stage, the sweet plum and hint of violet is there, but at the moment cloaked in dark spice and polished oak. The sweet fruit of the Malbec finishes with a dusty, gravel and tannin freshness and savoury quality, the spice and the acidity in this is beautifully balanced.
(2016) From Altamira in the Valle de Uco at 1100 metres, this is organic, though some non organic fruit was bought in for this vintage. Hugely fruity and ripe compared to the Estate wine aromatically, with more cassis and plum, a touch of violet and a layer of chocolate. Creamy and sweet on the palate too, with silky tannins, juicy acidity and a long, much more harmonious finish. Price quoted is for the 2013 vintage.
(2008) 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sixteen months in new French oak. Adds a little more meat and game to the profile of similar glossy, deep, muscular fruit and silky, charry oak. It is a very international style that does not play to the Uco valley's strengths perhaps. A touch of black olive adds a nice suave touch, filling the mouth with mocha and spice and svelte black plum fruit. Spicy and concentrated, and very impressive of its style.
(2004) This is one of a small range of bottlings "liberated" from the private cellar of winemaker Alberto Arizu by UK merchant Adnams, who discovered these experimental barrels made from his ultra-premium grape selection and persuaded him to sell a few cases. Weighing in at 32US) you would expect a lot from this wine. It has a wonderfully creamy, dusty, blue/black fruit nose. There are damsons, blueberries and dusty plum-skins. It has a deep, deep creamy palate with a raft of soft, velvety fruit coating the tongue with concentrated bitter-sweet flavours. Rich and long, it is perhaps a little one-dimensional, but who cares with such hedonistic depth and purity of fruit. Superb.