Altosur Malbec 2016

Country
Argentina
Region
Mendoza
Producer
Finca Sophenia
Grape(s)
Malbec (100%)
Type
Red
Style
Juicy
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Not applicable
Alcohol Content (%)
13.5
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian: Yes, Vegan: Yes
Allergens
Sulphites: Yes, Milk: No, Egg: No

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Region

The biggest and most important of Argentina`s wine regions, Mendoza includes a wide variety of altitudes and micro-climates to allow a huge range of wine styles. Many early winemakers were of Italian origin and brought with them their native Barbera, Bonarda and Sangiovese. However, it is Malbec, originally from Bordeaux and the south west of France, that has established the most successful presence in Mendoza.

Producer

Located in the high altitude Tupungato Valley region of Mendoza, this modern winery benefits from a long, cool growing season and strong UV sunlight that helps maximise the aromas and complexity of the resulting grapes. Tupungato sits at the western extreme of Mendoza right at the foot of the Andes mountains with an elevation of 1,200 meters giving benefit to the vineyards from a much cooler climate, abundant sun, and sharp contrast between day and night temperatures. When all the above is combined it allows the winemaker the opportunity to produce wines with utmost expression. Wine consultant Michel Rolland (from Bordeaux) has added his expertise to this project and in the last few years since launch the range of wines have received numerous awards and accolades.

Tasting Notes

Attractive red colour with violet hues and aromas of intense ripe fruit, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and fresh plums, combined with spicy and floral hints. In the mouth the sweet and round tannins increase its fruit sensation and balance. A wine of good intensity, concentration and long after taste. When originally launched this wine was awarded the Decanter International Trophy for Best World Red (only 31 wines scooped this award from 5000+ entered!). Quite some achievement for a new winery.

Food

BBQ meats both in spicy and sweet sauces and game dishes like venison, hare and wild boar.