-16%Susana Balbo

Signature Malbec 2017 | Argentina | Silver Medal

£23.84 £19.99

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A delicate Malbec with scents of blackberry and chocolate

The 2017 vintage Signature Malbec is an “outstanding” wine, which can age in the bottle and develop its aromas. Medium intensity, aromas of black fruits: blackberry, black cherry and blueberries, spices, savoury liquorice and mint. Tannins extracted through winemaking are softened by ageing for thirteen months in French oak, which introduced aromas of vanilla, smoke and chocolate. This is a ripe and rich style of wine with long velvety finish.

“The aromas of this wine are so wonderful…Medium to full body, very fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Drink or hold.” – 94/100 James Suckling

Winemaker

Geographical Indication

Style

Still Dry Red Wine

Grape

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Vintage

2017

ABV

13.9%

SKU: STR-MALS-AR-SUS-2017-01 Categories: , , , , ,
Description

Winemaking

Grape: 95% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

Vineyard location: Finca La Delfina, Altamira, Uco Valley, 1,150 meters above sea level.

Winemaker: Susana Balbo.

Harvest: Hand harvested.

Fermentation: Grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed. Pumping over and delestage 3 times a day. Fermentation happens at 30°C. The wine sees extended maceration for 35 days to extract lots of colour, aroma and tannins from the grape skins.

Oak ageing: the wine is matured for 13 months in 80% new French oak and 20% second-use French oak barrels.

Analytical data

ABV: 13.9% vol

Total acidity: 5.6 g/l

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep ruby colour

Nose: Medium intensity, aromas of black fruits: blackberry, black cherry and blueberries, spices, savoury liquorice and mint. Secondary aromas of smoke and chocolate introduced by oak.

Palate: Dry wine, with structured body and balanced acidity, medium alcohol and soft rounded “velvety” tannins softened by oak. Long and pleasant finish.

Verdict: “Outstanding” (balanced, long finish, medium flavour intensity, complex flavours)

Blackberries

Blackberry

Chocolate

Chocolate

Liquorice

Liquorice

Useful tips

Pairings: This signature Malbec will be a perfect companion to stakes and other meat dished: beef, pork or game.

Serving temperature: Room temperature, 18 ° C

Storage: In a cool place, away from direct sunlight, bright artificial light or heat sources

Ranking & Awards

2017 vintage

  • Decanter Silver Medal
  • 94 pts. James Suckling

2016 vintage

  • 95 pts. Descorchados
  • 95 pts. Vinomanos
  • 92+ pts. Robert Parker
  • 92 pts. James Suckling
  • 91 pts. Stephen Tanzer

2015 vintage

  • 97 pts., Outstanding, Decanter
  • 96 pts. Descorchados
  • 92 pts. James Suckling
  • 92 pts. Tim Atkin
  • 91 pts. Wine Spectator

2014 vintage

  • 96 pts. Descorchados / 93 pts. James Suckling / 93 pts. Tim Atkin
  • 91+ pts. Robert Parker / 90 pts. Stephen Tanzer

2013 vintage

  • 95 pts. Descorchados / 94 pts. James Suckling
  • 91 pts. Stephen Tanzer / 90 pts. Robert Parker
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