Viña Cobos, Volturno, Cabernet Malbec, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina, 2016
Paul 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 own 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 average age of Malbec vines in the Marchiori Vineyard is over 80 Years, and the Cabernet 18 Years. The North East row orientation improves sun exposure in a semi desert climate at the foot of the Andes Mountains at 3,264 feet. Grey and White clay soils layered with Sandy loam with a substrata if gravel and stone which are low in organic material and very well drained.
A 6 day cold soak then fermentation in 8 ton closed-top stainless steel tanks with a total maceration of 35 days. Native malolatic fermentation in barrel for 3 months. Barrel maturation for 18 months in Taransaud French oak.
Time: 18 Months; Type: French - Taransaud; % oaked: 100; % new oak: 100;
Created in honour of Don Nico Marchiori, patriarch of Marchiori Vineyard, this complex, powerful and refined wine is an intense and shiny red that captivates red fruit aromas such as cassis and blueberries together with spices like clove, white pepper and graphite. Smoke and tobbaco can also be found adding to its complexity. On the palate it has soft tannins that emphasises the harmony of all its components of ripe black fruits, strawberries, dried herbs and cigar box.
Red spicy meats, strong cheeses and desserts with chocolate.
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Rational producers demonstrate that they use the least amount of intervention in the vineyard and winery to make the best possible wine.
Manage their waste to provide compost for vineyards.
Organic fertilisers only, inter-row grasses help to “fix” nitrogen in the soils.
Organic principles used for pest and disease prevention.
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No fining or filtration used on their wines.
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Awards and Reviews
James Suckling 96 Points
This is layered and juicy with beautiful aromas of sweet tobacco, currants and coffee beans. Full body and dense, delicious fruit, as well as hints of milk chocolate, cedar and tea. 95 per cent cabernet sauvignon and five per cent malbec. Drink or hold. JS, 96 Points, March 2019.