Atamisque - Catalpa Malbec - 2016
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
"Malbec doesn't get much better than this. This is why:
- Old vines - they tend to produce less but what they do produce is super concentrated.
- Unusually high altitude - intense sun during the day and cool at night. This means the grapes get nice and ripe (think beautiful fruit flavours) but retain their acidity (think juiciness).
- Great wine making - a careful selection of berries, gravity-flow vineyard (soft on the grapes as they don't need pumps), and a perfect amount of time in oak."
Deep red in colour with shades of violet. Aromas of blackberries, violets and raisins with hints of coffee and tobacco. In the mouth, it is intense, full-bodied and well structured with round tannins and a long finish.
Catalpa Malbec comes from a 78-year-old vineyard located in the Uco Valley’s Tupungato area, one of the best wine-growing regions within Mendoza, Argentina. The vineyard is located at an elevation of 1350m (very high), enjoying a privileged sun exposure and cool temperatures that allow the grapes to have a perfect ripening. The grapes are hand picked and selected in a sorting table. Temperature controlled fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. Finally 40% of the wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.