See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Gen del Alma, Ji Ji Ji, Gualtallary, Tupungato 2014.
Top wine of 2015
Fine blackberry, blueberry and grassy aromas. Very juicy blackberry fruit on the palate with mineral notes leading to a savoury finish. Nicely structured and balanced; a modern expression of Malbec.
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 Dirceu Vianna Junior MW 19
This is the first vintage of the second label at Gen del Alma (the 2013 vintage of the top label, Otra Piel, also got Outstanding in another Decanter tasting) and it retains the house style of grace and vivacity. Andrea Mufatto, winemaker at Zorzal Winery in Gualtallary, and her husband Gerardo Michelini (partner at Zorzal) co-fermented the free-run juice of 60% Malbec and 40% Pinot Noir grapes in concrete eggs and the wine went directly to bottle, unoaked, to preserve its lovely, joyful flavours and textures. This is one of the finest examples of vin de soif from Argentina – a style that didn’t exist a few years ago.
Phil Crozier Light, airy and fresh. An idea that should not work, but does. Bright and earthy mulberry aromas and a lovely, unctuous yet fresh palate.
Patricio Tapia A perfect wine for a sophisticated picnic or to enjoy by the pool: honest and refreshing, filled with cherry and violets. So nice and tender.
Dirceu Vianna Junior MW Amazing personality: inviting and fragrant raspberries, cherries, thyme and rosemary leap out of the glass – exhilarating! Dry, light, vibrant and refreshing with exceptional purity of fruit. Low alcohol and very easy to drink. Supreme balance, tension and poise. A real triumph.
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