Bodega Atamisque - Catalpa Malbec
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Malbec doesn't get much better than this. The technical stuff is below but basically it comes down to 3 things
- Super old vines = old vines tend to produce less but what they do produce is super concentrated.
- Super high altitude = lots of sun during the day but nice and cool at night. This means the grapes get nice and ripe (think beautiful fruit flavours) but retain acidity (think juiciness)
- Great wine making = very careful selection of berries (only the best), gravity flow vineyard (very soft of the grapes as they don't use pumps, A bit of time in oak which helps soften the wine a bit but not impart too much oakyness.
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.
Deep red 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