See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window Viñalba, Cuvée Couture, Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado, Mendoza 2013.
Viñalba, Cuvée Couture, Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado, Mendoza 2013
Star buy of 2015
Pronounced nose of nuts, herbs and ripe fruits. Complex and savoury palate with brisk acidity and a slight oiliness. Very engaging style, with complexity from the oak and real body from the fruit. Needs a bit more time to really shine.
Tasters: Peter Richards MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Xavier Rousset MS
Decanter average score: 18.5/20pts
Individual judges’ scores: Phil Crozier 18.5 Patricio Tapia 18.5 Dirceu Vianna Junior MW 18.5
Owner of Viñalba, Hervé Joyaux Fabre joined forces with Portuguese winemaker Rui Reguinga for this 80% Malbec from almost 50-year-old vines and 20% Touriga Nacional from younger vines. The result is a powerful yet refined style. The Malbec dominates with its cherry and violet notes, and Touriga contributes with denser, tighter tannins.
Phil Crozier Very interesting blend. Very floral and expressive on the nose, with graphite and flowers in equal measure. Firm in the mouth, with lovely purity on the finish.
Patricio Tapia A terrific example of Malbec with its violet and cherry flavours. This is extracted and powerful, with enough body to match a barbecue.
Dirceu Vianna Junior MW The bouquet is pure, uplifting and inviting, with notes of blackberries, bergamot and dried Mediterranean herbs. Dry and refreshing palate with lovely juicy fruit, fine-grained tannins and a long finish. Graceful with a mouthwatering, persistent finish.
Price: UK – £12.99 Majestic Wine.