Antucura means “sun stone” in old Mapudungan, an ancient language that was used by the Pehunenches people, the first inhabitants of the Uco Valley. Antucura is located in a remote area of Argentina, the winery is close to a small farming village and employs many of the local people. The winery supports the local community by donating portions of all sales. We met with the owner of Antucura, Anne Caroline Biancheri, who expressed the importance of the culture and environment of the region on the philosophy of the winery. Antucura is nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, in Vista Flores, a newly established region in Mendoza. Vista Flores is a beautiful sub-region with ideal temperatures and soils for vine growth. With less rock in the soils, limestone and soft gravel are left behind providing excellent irrigation. No need to decant, but we enjoyed the wine more the longer it was open. Chill to 18C and enjoy within the next year or two.
Dark maroon core, with a brighter plummy edge.
Bold and wild, with dark and dirty fruits. A combination of blueberries, black cherries with wet soil and worn leather, provide a masculine tone. The fruits are ripe, warm and savoury, like compote or BBQ glaze. There is the smallest hint of black pepper.
A very smooth and plush palate, medium bodied, with slight tannin and moderate acidity. Although masculine in flavour, this is an elegant style of Malbec. Some bitter stem and bark character follow behind loads of blueberries. The rugged briar, leather, hints of tobacco and rubber are earthy and mineral driven.
Grilled turkey sausages seasoned with herbs and light spice, served with hearty mashed potatoes.
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec
Retail: $45.00 Club: $40.49