With its near-desert conditions, extreme elevation and wide diurnal shift, grape vines have proven to thrive in various regions of Argentina. With plantings dating back to the 1920s, the fruit from Uco Valley was originally used to add colour and acidity to the wines of warmer areas until winemakers in the 1990s saw larger potential for the region. Today, Uco Valley is producing some of the most influential wines of Argentina. The valley, which runs north to south, is 70 km long and 40 km wide. To the south, the region is capped by desert conditions with cold winds blowing in from Patagonia; to the north, by hills of 1400 metres of elevation and higher. To the east, the region runs into a series of gorges and dry riverbeds.
100% Malbec, from vineyards sitting at almost 4000 ft. Hand-harvested and hand-sorted, the wine is spontaneously fermented using indigenous yeasts in small concrete tanks. A portion of the wine is aged in French oak, then blended with the concrete-aged wine before bottling.
An explosive nose of red and black berry fruit, with an undertone of mocha. On the palate, this a fresher and brighter expression of Malbec than many. While still carrying characteristic weight, there is a much more lifted palate with good acidity. The berry flavours come through on the palate, but they are more blackberry and blueberry than red, along with a whim of anise.
This is what you want to smash with your next burger night but it also has enough weight and structure to stand up to a roast beef or grilled steak.