Alpamanta “Natal” Malbec 2017

alpamanta natal malbec
Argentina Mendoza
Malbec and Malbec Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2017

This Malbec comes from Alpamanta’s vineyard in Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo region. Certified Organic and Biodynamic, the vines are planted near Ugarteche at 950 metres above sea level. The breeze here is fresh, the sun is bright, skies are clear, and rainfall is minimal. Vines are fed by the mineral-rich alluvial soil and pure water that runs from the Andes Range. This vineyard is more than a place to grow grapes. It is very much alive.

 

Fruit was hand-harvested in small boxes, then carried to the winery. Following a 15-day maceration, the wine was fermented in stainless steel by indigenous yeast. Afterward, it matured ten months in tank. Alpamanta’s wines are bottled with minimal intervention; filtering, fining, and additional sulfur are kept to a minimum.

 

This is a young, fresh take on Malbec. Grapes from this unique corner of the Alpamanta vineyard express pretty spiced red fruit aromas of plum and raspberry. Medium in body with a neat sour cherry acidity, Malbec’s silky tannins are here, gentle yet firm.

 

“Super fresh and perfectly presented plums and blackberries, framed in modern, spicy oak and laid out on smoothly rendered tannins.”

91 points, JamesSuckling.com, March 2019

 

“Fleshy, ripe, full-bodied, but also balanced to a fine degree, offering the expected ripeness and fruit extract but with an uncommon sense of poise and balance. Very good length, well priced, meaty, representative.

90 points, John Szabo, MS, April 2019

 

90 points, Tim Atkin, 2019

 

90 points, Descorchados 2019