Argentinian Malbec: panel tasting results (2014)
Doña Paula, Los Indios Parcel, Altamira, San Carlos, Uco Valley 2010
Decanter average score: 19pts/20 (96/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Jo Ahearne MW 19 Phil Crozier 19 Patricio Tapia 19
The Selección de Bodega Malbec is a classic wine of modern Argentina. Produced by Doña Paula (owned by Viña Santa Rita in Chile), it’s a selection of its best Malbec. From 2010, Doña Paula decided to bottle the components separately, hence this collection of parcelas or vineyards, one of them Los Indios. The cool orientation gives notes of violets and fresh red fruit, while the sun ensures a rich, soft tannic structure. Despite its lovely fruitiness, the complexity will ensure it ages for a decade or more.
Jo Ahearne MW: Rosemary and hints of violets provide the backbone of aromatics. The velvet texture is tempered by close-knitted, fine tannins. Stunning stuff.
Phil Crozier: Beautiful colour. Lots of perfume and medicinal notes on the nose. Exceptional balance, glorious texture and a lovely, long finish.
Patricio Tapia: A wonderful expression of Altamira – deep flavours, soft tannins, round and ripe, without being heavy or flat. Violets and
blackberries everywhere. A lovely example of a great terroir.
Price £42.99 Hallgarten Druitt