Tinto Negro: Uco Valley Mendoza Malbec 'Vineyard 1955' 2018
"Made with grapes from a vineyard first planted in La Consulta in 1955 and aged in used oak, this ripe Malbec is a style guide for the region that wrote the book on the variety. The nose offers slightly candied plum, sweet spices and herbal hints, interspersed with red currant and violets. Expansive and fleshy on the palate, with a voluminous feel and a velvety texture; the flavor comes out deliciously. Classically big with well-toned muscles, it fills the mouth with its rich style. A Mendoza Malbec offering a fruity perfume, well-integrated wood aromas and gentle spices. Relaxed and easygoing, it is dry with mild tannins, a heady flavor and a youthful profile. 94 points. Drink 2020-32."
Joaquín Hidalgo - Vinous.com
One of Mendoza’s great viticultural treasures can be found in the picturesque old vine vineyards of La Consulta in the southern part of the Uco Valley. From vines planted in 1955, this old-vine Malbec is grown at 3,000m altitude. With deep and indulgent forest fruit aromas and flavours, voluptuous cocoa and sweet spice notes and wonderful length, this is a terrific Malbec to savour and linger over. Ideal with grilled red meats or a slow-braised stew with lashings of rich sauce.
Tinto Negro (Spanish for ‘black wine’) produces a range of wines from high-altitude sites around the city of Mendoza. This 3,000m altitude helps balance freshness with the concentration from exceptionally low-yields. The vines produce around 600g (1.5lbs) grapes per vine from shallow sandy soils with limestone underneath which helps retain freshness and gives a slight saline minerality to the finished wines.
Malbec with chargrilled or barbecued steak is an obvious pairing, though sadly there are fewer gauchos in this country to lend spice to the occasion. In Mendoza, steaks are often grilled over fires of vine cuttings, adding a unique flavour to the meat that pairs so well with Malbec.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Malbec|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||This wine should cellar well for 10 to 12 years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Barrel fermented and aged for 18 months in new French oak.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
An exciting addition and our first venture into South America, Tinto Negro (meaning 'black wine' in Spanish) was created by old friends Jeff Mausbach and Alejandro Sejanovich who worked together for 15 years at the celebrated Bodega Catena Zapata in Lujan de Cayo. The fruit for these superb Malbecs comes from some of the best high altitude parcels in Mendoza, specifically focusing on the alluvial soils of the Uco Valley. Eschewing the excessive use of oak, these are complex, bright wines which display the intellectual approach of Sejanovich (one of Decanter's Top 10 South American wine-makers) and his rigorous approach to vineyard management and intimate knowledge of the varied terroirs of the region.
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