Argentinian Wine - Tinto Negro
A brilliant addition to our portfolio in 2021, the wines of Bodegas Tinto Negro now form a vital part of our offering and have many enthusiastic takers. The winery was created by Jeff Mausbach and Alejandro Sejanovich in 2010, after the pair became great friends working together for 15 years at Catena Zapata. Fresh on the heels of being named one of Decanter's Top 10 South American winemakers in 2020, the studious and intellectual Sejanovich was named by Tim Aitkin MW as his Argentinian Winemaker of the Year 2021.
There is a subtlety and freshness to the Tinto Negro range which benefits from a selection of superb high-altitude vineyards in the Uco Valley subzone of Mendoza on a variety of clay, limestone, silt and sand-based soils.
Their Mendoza Malbec - coming from deep, clay-loam soils at an elevation of over 3,000m - is a great introduction to the 'house' style. Bright, red fruit aromatics precede a soft, supple texture with fine grained tannins - this is a fine match for simple grilled meats and rich tomato-based sauces.
From a single block of limestone rich rocky soil in the Los Chacayes district, the 'Limestone Block' Malbec is co-fermented with 10 to 12% of Cabernet Franc. It is a complex wine with a darker fruit profile than the Mendoza Malbec with plum and mulberry coming to the fore, followed by an expressive medium-bodied palate with fondant tannins and a long finish. This would be ideal with an aged piece of beef, charcoal-grilled of course!
Finishing the line-up is the single vineyard 'Finca La Escuela' from vines planted 4,000 feet above sea level on a combination of silt, gravel and sandy soils. Aged in old oak barrels, it shows complexity and intensity in equal measure. Lifted red fruits, plum and black cherry on the nose are followed by a rich palate with firm but well-integrated tannins. There is a lively sense of tension and a mineral core running throughout. Drinking well now, it will continue to improve in bottle for the next decade.