3 bottles of each:
Nieto Malbec, Mendoza 2019, Argentina
Nieto Senetiner has grown to become one of the leading stars of Mendoza. Although the vineyards and winery were founded by Italian immigrants and date back to 1888, they were acquired by the Nieto and Senetiner families in 1969.
Since joining the estate, winemaker Santiago Mayorga has taken this amazing Malbec red wine to another level. It’s no surprise he was named ‘Young Winemaker of the Year 2017’ by Tim Atkin.
This is a deep dense blockbuster wine made from 40+ year old vines. On the nose it’s blackberry, plum fruit and sweet spice. The palate is silky and warming with more black fruit and cherries.
Overall this Argentinian red wine wine is vibrant with an alluring blend of fruit along with clove, pepper and cinnamon spice finished off with well-structured integrated tannins. A great wine with a fresh finish.
Les Volets Malbec, Pays de la Haute Vallée de l’Aude 2019, France
A joyful expression of Malbec from higher altitude vineyards. Sourced from the lesser-known territory of Pays Cathare that surrounds the towns of Carcassonne and Limoux. The beautiful rugged environment with its argilo-calcaire sub strata is home to the AOP Languedoc and Limoux, but the vineyards do not stop with the AOP geographical limits and it is from these outskirts that we have sourced some exceptionally interesting wines. One of the great advantages of the region is the fact that it benefits from enviable geographic and climatic conditions: the warm Mediterranean sunshine is tempered by the altitude and by the cooler nights so characteristic of the foothills of the Pyrenees. These are ideal conditions allowing for the longer, slower ripening of the grapes, thereby providing a superb base for wines that offer intensity, complexity and finesse.