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Klassen Astrum Barrel-Fermented Malbec

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2015

Klassen Astrum Barrel-Fermented Malbec

Malbec

Uco Valley, Argentina

Alc. 15 %

Retail
$89.99
Club Price
$59.99

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Klassen is a high-altitude, boutique vineyard nestled in Argentina’s Uco Valley, 50 miles south of Mendoza. Brand new to Canada and available in very limited quantities, these premium Malbec and blends are sure to go fast! We were not able to acquire enough bottles of any of the Klassen wines to feature in the monthly club packages, but we still wanted to share these beautiful wines with you. Be sure to grab a couple bottles, as these wines will be great to enjoy today and save in the cellar for several more years to come.

Klassen vineyards are hand harvested and tended to with the greatest care and attention. The low yields produced by these premium vines produce impeccable grapes with great concentration. The winery notes of the Astrum Malbec, "Labor-intensive and reserved for only the most special wines, fermentation directly in oak barrels imparts soft, silky tannins and better oak integration." We suggest decanting this wine if enjoying today, or over the next 5 years. Serve at 18 C.

Look

Deep and dark, with a rich violet core and jewel toned reflections.

Smell

Intense with deeply concentrated dark berry aromas. The winery notes, "Black cherry, lots of red bramble fruit and plum on the nose, spice lurks underneath but there is also a trademark violet nose reminding you that this is prime Uco Valley Malbec." A classic example of the best of the best from Argentine Malbec.

Taste

We all love Malbec for the bounty of berry fruit flavours and plush mouthfeel, which this wine has in spades. It is opulent and rich, but still offers a playfulness that allows us to enjoy it today without too much fuss or concentration. There is enough structure and balanced acidity in this medium-full bodied Malbec to allow for ageing, but we bet you don't have enough patience to wait too long.

Pairing

The winery suggests lean red meats, like roast pork, lamb, or even burgers. Charcuterie and strong cheeses would also marry well. Malbec has an affinity for the grill, so anything on the BBQ would be great, and for a vegetarian option, roasted portobello mushrooms!

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