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Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec Touza Vineyard Lujan De Cuyo 2016 £64.95
BRAMARE MALBEC TOUZA VINEYARD LUJAN DE CUYO
In 1989, Paul Hobbs visited Mendoza for the first time. Driving over the Andes from Chile with his longstanding friend Jorge Catena, brother of the famous Nicolas Catena, he fell in love with the place, the people, but also with the potential to make great wine. He began to work with the Catenas, firstly experimenting with wild ferments for Chardonnay and then with the variety that would become Argentina's calling card - Malbec. His first 10 barrel vintage of Malbec persuaded not only the Catenas but also the American press of the potential with this grape. Paul established his winery, Vina Cobos, in 1998 and, over 20 years later, Paul continues to push viticultural and winemaking boundaries to the max. Concentrating on the Valle de Uco, widely regarded as the highest quality region, Paul is the driving force for some of the most impressive wines in the country.
The Touza vineyard is located in Las Compuertas in the Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza and is a young vineyard with vines of around 8 years old, which are cane pruned and irrigated with traditional furrow irrigation. Soils have a deep loam/ sandy texture with small boulders for the first 15 inches. Below this is a soil of much finer texture.
Primary fermentation with selected and native yeasts in 8 ton closed-top stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation in barrel for 18 months in both new French Oak and Second use.
A fleshy and robust Malbec. It exhibits a great red colour and presents aromas of wild herbs and flowers, ripe red fruit and subtle notes of spices and dark chocolate. A rich wine with a full mouthfeel and a persistent finish. A succulent wine made to be drunk with succulent meat like a slow-roasted leg of lamb.
The Wine Advocate
"Representing the third vintage of a nine-year-old vineyard in Las Compuertas, a zone higher up in Luján de Cuyo is the 2014 Bramare Malbec Touza Vineyard. It followed the standard treatment for the single-vineyard wines--hand-harvested, double sorting table, four-day cold soak, selected yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks with 25 days total maceration, 100% native malolactic fermentation and 100% barrel-aged. In this case, 60% of the barrels were made of new French oak and 5% of new American oak. They didn't make this wine in 2015 because they had rot there, but this 2014 showed beautifully; I get the serious character of Las Compuertas, harmonious and balanced and great fresh aromas of thyme, faintly herbal. The palate is full-bodied with very good balance, refined tannins and a remarkable finish. It turned spicier with time in the glass, with a beautiful core of violets, expressive and with great energy, quite lifted, with a tasty, almost salty finish. In 2014 this is my favourite of the Bramare single vineyards. 4,500 bottles were filled unfiltered and unfined in November 2015."
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