2019 Finca Don Otaviano Estate Malbec
2019 Finca Don Otaviano Estate Malbec
Very attractive deep cherry nose - expressive, but still with nice restraint and balance. Dark and inky, with a fine combination of deep, tarry, spicy notes, luscious blueberry and mulberry flavours, and a crisp fruit-coulis freshness. A highly drinkable Malbec, which goes exactly in the right direction - pure and fruit-driven, with no hard edges.
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If you were to start a vineyard anywhere in the world, and were looking for the absolutely perfect spot, chances are you would end up in Lujan de Cuyo.
Beautiful sunshine and dry conditions bring ripeness and concentration, yet cool nights at the 1,000 metres+ altitudes and a complex and sophisticated system of irrigation dating back to the Incas combine to keeping freshness, and a juicy quality to the fruit. Nestled in this perfect corner of the vinous world is our latest find – Bodegas & Vinedos Otaviano.
Over the past 14 years they have established a superb estate, where the focus is firmly on meticulous husbandry of the vineyard to produce fruit of the highest quality, which can then be vinified with painstaking care in a state-of-the art winery. The resulting wines deliver sensational value – pure, beautifully balanced with excellent length of flavour, yet they are incredibly competitive price-wise.
Mendoza in the far west of Argentina is the country's most important wine region. Vineyard altitude averages 1000 metres, and the climate is considered close to ideal for red wine production, and now increasingly white.
A semi-desert climate, run-off water from the Andes and contrasting day and night temperatures result in deeply coloured, scented and structured red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and tempranillo in addition to Malbec and Bonarda. Chardonnay, Torrontes and Sauvignon are the main white grapes cultivated, though quality wines from Viognier and Chenin Blanc are also appearing.
Like so many of the world's best known grape varieties Malbec rose to fame in France. Until the later part of the nineteenth century it was the major constituent of many of Bordeaux's greatest wines as well as the wines of Cahors. Today Cahors is the varieties French stronghold, along with small quantities still in Bordeaux and a number in the Loire Valley too, but so often it makes wines that are rather too rustic in style and only suitable for short periods of ageing.
For some of the finest Malbec available today one must look to Argentina, and in particular the region close to the city of Mendoza at the foot of the Andes. French emigrés first took vines across the Atlantic in the mid nineteenth century and it soon became established as the country's most planted red variety. The grape variety seems to thrive in the hot, sunny climate, with regular doses of water provided by the mountain run-off. The resultant wines are rich, concentrated and intense, the best examples of which can be extremely long-lived.
If you enjoy red wines that have a full, velvety texture, an intense dark fruit flavour and finish with a spicy flourish, then Malbec might just be the variety for you.
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