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Malbec Crios
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Malbec Crios

Mendoza, Susana Balbo Wines, 2018

750 ml
Grape variety: Malbec, Bonarda
Producer: Susana Balbo Wines
Origin: Argentina / Mendoza
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Article nr. 51034718
Grape variety: Malbec, Bonarda
Producer: Susana Balbo Wines
Origin: Argentina / Mendoza

Description

This "little" Malbec is a joyful drinking companion. Straightaway, its intense fruit abundance will be a delight. Blackcurrant jelly, dried cranberries and amarena cherries dominate. Fine accents are set by notes of bergamot, nutmeg, clove and a touch of lilac. The wood maturing is very discreetly marked, but it gives the wine additional complexity.

Attributes

Origin: Argentina / Mendoza
Grape variety: Malbec, Bonarda
Maturity: 1 to 5 years
Serving temperature: 16 to 18 °C
Drinking suggestion: Latin American dishes, Brasato di manzo al Barolo, Cold fish dish, dried meat, Spiced grillades
Vinification: fermentation in steel tank
Harvest: hand-picking
Maturation: in used barriques
Maturation duration: 9 months
Volume: 14.0 %
Countries

Argentina

Where nostalgia tangoes with innovation

Snow-covered Andean peaks and salt lakes, deserts, rugged mountain villages, elegant colonial cities, vibrant metropolises, red canyons and green valleys – Argentinian has them all. And, of course, excellent wine. Argentina is named after the Latin word for silver, “Argentum,” because of the treasures expected to be found there. Among others, homesick colonialists and Catholic priests had a hand in cultivating these liquid treasures, and today there are approximately 220,000 hectares of vineyards.

Regions

Mendoza

Mendoza: Malbec and more

Whenever someone talks about Argentinian wine, they generally mean wines from Mendoza. Roughly 60 percent of all Argentine wines are produced around the metropolis of the same name. In particular, Malbec, a red wine variety originating from southwestern France, has found a new home here, providing focused, well-structured wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay also thrive. The best wines result from high elevations, in the foothills of the Andes

Producers

Susana Balbo Wines

The mighty Aconcagua watches over the plain of Mendoza, 1000 kilometres from Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires. A barren, semi-arid land where Jesuits and Franciscans, after the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, discovered favourable natural conditions for viticulture.

At 1000 to 3000 meters above sea level lies this oldest and most important wine region of the country. The village of Agrelo, near Luján de Cuyo, is home to the bodega founded by Susana Balbo in 1999. She is a woman with an impressive career. In 1981, she became the first woman in Argentina to successfully complete her degree in œnology. In 2015, Drinks Business magazine named her “Woman of the Year”. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the ten most influential women in the international wine trade. She also presided over the national marketing organisation Wines of Argentina for several years.

Grape varieties

Bonarda

Confusion from Italy to Argentina

An epic confusion surrounds the Bonarda vine variety. At least six different grapes in northern Italy bear this name. The most widespread is the Bonarda Piemontese. Vintners from Piedmont gladly wed them with Nebbiolo in order to soften its youthful gruffness. For the Bonarda seduces with soft tannins and fragrant, red-berried fruit. Argentina also has a vine variety is known by Bonarda. However, this one is related to the Piedmontese Dolcetto.

Malbec

New Home, New Fortune

The Malbec once belonged to the classic assortment of varieties from Bordeaux. But it was demanding to cultivate, and in the changeable climate of the Bordelais it often became green and herbaceous, so winemakers replaced it with Merlot in the middle of the 20th century. Luckily, the Malbec found a new home in Argentina. In 1868, a Frenchman brought the first stocks along to the land of the Andes. Today, the Malbec is the most-planted variety there. Especially in Mendoza, it shows what it can do: it yields very dark, well-structured wines with aromas of black fruit, violets and game. They just call out for an Argentinean steak! The Malbec has its origins in Cahors, in southwestern France. There, it is kept today under the name Cot. Due to their earthy tannins, in the middle ages the growths from this area were also called "the black wines of Cahors".

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