Valle de Uco - Mendoza, Marcelo Pelleriti Wines, 2016
|Producer:||Marcelo Pelleriti Wines|
|Origin:||Argentina / Mendoza / Valle de Uco|
The Malbec Signature presents an seductive aromatic spectrum of Amarena cherries, dried dates, plums, magnolia, pepper and balsamic overtones. A full-bodied wine on the palate without being heavy. Very balanced, rich and rounded. An aromatic interplay of blackberry, sloe, black cherry and red plum with a dash of mint. Powerful but also velvety tannins complete the structure. This is a very European Malbec, which is not really surprising as it originates in the Uco Valley, which is also known as the 'Pomerol of Argentina'. A very elegant and exciting wine for lovers of this grape: a Malbec that fascinates from the very first sip and offers the palate a vast and thrilling spectrum of flavours.
|Origin:||Argentina / Mendoza / Valle de Uco|
|Ripening potential:||3 to 10 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Spiced grillades, Saddle of lamb fillet with herb jus, Bistecca fiorentina, T-Bone steak, Wild boar entrecôte with Spätzli, Hot vegetable curries|
|Vinification:||Punching down, biological acid degradation in barrel, fermentation at low temperatures|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection|
|Maturation:||in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces|
|Maturation duration:||12 months|
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.
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
Marcelo Pelleriti Wines
«When I play a melody on my guitar, the world around me becomes alive and all is well with me. And later, as I stroll through the vineyards, I sense the energy and work of an entire year, and that’s when I feel ready to create new wines».
Marcelo Pelleriti has succeeded in becoming a benchmark in the world of oenology. His career has made this young Argentine professional into one of the finest oenologists of our time, able to draw on a wealth of expertise acquired over 30 years in France and Argentina. Nowadays, his wines are recognized and in demand worldwide.
Located in Tunuyán, one of Mendoza's choice locations, the Monteviejo winery is owned by the Péré-Vergé family, who also own the Bordeaux estates of Château Montviel, Château La Gravière, Château La Violette and Château Le Gay in the Pomerol. In conjunction with these chateaux, Marcelo has helped to shape the past 15 vintages. In 2013, he was the first and to date only Latin American winemaker to receive 100 Parker points for his Château La Violette 2010. Following these years of successes, he decided to return to his origins - to that place where he produced his very first wine in 1994, the Valle de Uco in Mendoza. He returned with the aim of interpreting the values of this unique terroir.
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".