Argentinian Malbec: panel tasting results

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This was a hugely positive and enjoyable tasting for our experts, who praised Argentina's new wave of region-specific wines that had a welcome emphasis on fruit, rather than oak. See the top 36 wines rated Outstanding and Highly Recommended here...
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Argentina Malbec, Bodega Antucura
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Bodega Antucura, Barrandica, Vista Flores, Tunuyán, Uco Valley 2012
Decanter average score:
18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Jo Ahearne MW 18.5 Phil Crozier 18.5 Patricio Tapia 18.5
Antucura began producing wines in 1998 in the Vista Flores area, 1,050 meters above sea level in the Uco Valley. During the first years, Antucura offered wines of great strength and ripeness, focused on the influence of new wood. Since 2010, it has moved in style towards fresher, more drinkable wines. And this Barrandica is an excellent example. According to Antucura’s owner, Anne Caroline Biancheri, the aim was to rediscover the floral notes and freshness of Vista Flores. She has definitely achieved her goal in this vibrant and fruity red, an ideal route in for wine lovers new to Argentinian Malbec.
Jo Ahearne MW: A wonderful velvet texture with great purity. Dense bramble fruit with hints of violets. Good length and lovely juiciness, and with a firm, fine tannic structure.
Phil Crozier: Very expressive with lovely floral notes of roses, plus black pepper. Lovely mouthfeel and purity. The purest of Malbec expression.
Patricio Tapia: Nice, pure expression of Malbec. Clean fruit, violets and strawberries. A great wine to understand Malbec in general and Vista Flores Malbec in particular. Pure and drinkable.
Price £14.95 Ruta 40
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 14.7%