AR Guentota Malbec, Belasco de Boquedano 2017

£23.50 GBP

This is a blockbuster of a Malbec, made from seriously old vines (averaging 100 years of age) at seriously high altitude (over 3,000 feet above sea level). The combination is incredible. Low yielding old vines give wonderfully concentrated grapes. At high altitude, the temperatures are significantly cooler, tempering the ripening conditions. This leads to a really elegant style. Wines are matured in second-use French oak barriques for a year, followed by at least a year in bottle before release. 

The style is fresh and vibrant, with loads of blackcurrant, damson and sloes. The oak influence brings lovely undertones of vanilla and nutmeg spice. The tannins have a little grip, and provide texture, whilst the acidity washes it all back really nicely. This is a BBQ steak wine if ever there was one.