Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Alc. 13 %
Patagonia is the most southern wine region in South America. It stands apart from the other regions of Chile and Argentina, as it is found further inland and removed from the narrow chain of more recognizable regions that run north-south nearer to the Pacific. Comparing Patagonia to other neighbouring regions, it may appear unusual - a stark desert area that is cool and dry. The melt from the Andes fills rivers that are required for irrigation in these low lying, arid viticultural areas.
Aptly named, the region is located within the valley Rio Negro. Although viticulture is relatively new, but rapidly growing, agriculture has been a strong industry for centuries. The river banks have been more known for their apple and pear orchards than vineyards. Rio Negro is one of two sub regions within Patagonia; the other is Neuquen. The most southern areas of Rio Negro is perfect for cool climate wines, where in addition to crisp whites, you can find world class Pinot Noir. Being that we are still in Argentina, Malbec is still found, but is often described as more elegant than its northern counterparts. Enjoy chilled slightly at 16 C and serve today, or cellar easily until 2022.
Almost opaque from core to rim, the colour is a deep shade of eggplant.
With minimal effort we can inhale an abundance of aromas - rich berries, plum, graphite, soil, and violet. Cocoa dust, steak spice, and toasted peppercorns show with some extra swirls in the glass. We suggest decanting, as it will help to transform the wine and open up additional nuanced flavours.
There is a touch of Merlot (9%) and a pinch of Petit Verdot, and the wine was matured in used barriques and stainless steel vats for ten months before bottling. This vintage was awarded 93 points from James Suckling: "Extremely perfumed with aromas of blackberry, fresh spices and florals. Medium body, juicy and fruity with round tannins and a delicious finish. A unique Patagonian malbec nature." We also adored this wine for its plush and velvety texture, and lingering juicy acidity. The wine tends to last longer and longer after each sip, holding onto every berry note, the lingering ripeness slowly dissipates and leaves us with a fruity sweetness.
Not overpowering and with balanced alcohol, reserve this blend for an elegant feast. Try a grilled pork loin served with a berry compote and seasoned liberally with savoury herbs. Also a great choice for a cheese course with aged, sharp, or firm selections like Spanish Manchego, Italian Taleggio, or even a creamy Danish Blue.