Uco Valley, Mendoza
Mendoza has the longest tradition for wine-growing in Argentina, and most of the famous Argentinean producers are based there. The La Posta vineyards in the Uco Valley are located at elevations of 3300 - 5600 feet above sea level! That altitude allows for diurnal temperature changes, where the nights are cool enough to provide delicate fruit flavours, and the intense daytime heat ensures the grapes are fully ripened. This 100% Malbec is harvested from vines that average 33 years, in a vineyard at 3,600 feet. Only 3,000 cases of this wine were produced, which is quite limited, given the affordable price! We are thrilled to offer this wine to you as a great expression of the quality and value available in Mendoza. After careful harvest and sorting, half of the wine spends 8 months in second and third use oak barrels. Utilizing used oak barrels allows the wine to benefit from oxygenation, refining the tannins and adding to the rounded texture without overwhelming the wine with oak flavours of vanilla, toast or coconut. This moderated use of oak is perfect for rounding out the wine and provide just a touch of oak expression! This wine will cellar easily until 2022 but can also be consumed now. If enjoyed today, please decant for 30 minutes.
We find tons of ripe blueberry, blackberry and currants, with a splash of plum. Alongside the fruits, we find savoury tobacco leaf, cracked black pepper and light herbal aromas. With some swirls of the glass, the wine opens into more developed aromas with fig, adding a touch more complexity.
Consistent with the nose, the palate offers lots of ripe berries, and we are especially intoxicated with the notes of blueberry, which are bright and juicy. We find hints of cocoa powder and violet, a subtle charm delicately presented in the mid-palate. A solid wine that is made to perfection with full tannins and a long finish full of flavour. We think everyone will find something to love about this wine. It is super approachable while providing great depth and character.
Red wine with dessert? Yes, please! Whip up your classic and simple chocolate cake for a decadent after-dinner pairing.
Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Carignan, Malbec, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère