Don David Malbec
Argentina – 2018
Tasting Note: Inviting smoke and spice on the nose is complemented by redcurrants and ripe, lush cherries. Everything you could want in a Malbec; plum jam, tobacco, dark chocolate and vanilla come together in this medium to full bodied wine with a long-lasting finish.
Food Matching: Hard, full-flavoured cheeses and cold cuts are well suited. Beef in all its glory, grilled, roasted, barbecued... are an ideal match.
Vineyard: Deep, poor, rocky soils. Irrigation from the Andes. Wide thermal amplitude with big differences (approximately 22° C between the minimum during the cold mornings and nights, and the maximum during sunny days). Dry climate, little rainfall, 120mm of rain a year, 15% humidity and 350 days of sunshine. Cold mornings and nights, and long hot days result in wines that are highly concentrated in colour, aromas and flavours with a unique fruity character.
Vinification: The grapes are carefully selected by hand and transferred to the winery. Pre-fermentation maceration takes place at 8°C in stainless steel tanks. Both native and selected yeasts are used in the fermentation process for added complexity. After fermentation, malolactic fermentation occurs in contact with oak. 70% of the wine is aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels. The final blend is made with the extra 30%, which has been preserved in stainless steel tanks.
Awards and Press News: Wine Spectator 90/100 - Dried red fruit flavours are lively, offering a surplus of rich, dried savoury herb notes. Accents of hot stone and white pepper flood the finish. Drink now through 2023. Top 100 Wines of 2018 Angela Mount Moving up a gear in intensity and depth is Don David El Esteco Malbec from the pioneering El Esteco winery, which has been pushing the boundaries in terms of grape and wine production, exploring high altitude vineyards in the north west frontiers of Argentina, namely the Calchaqui valley, a land of desert scrubland and ravines, which home some of the highest vineyards in the country. Rich and voluptuous, this dark and brooding delight brims with exotic richness, and dense, ripe black fruit, overlaid with layers of spice. Look no further for your perfect steak or roast beef red Bath Magazine
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