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Viña Cobos, Cobos Malbec, Chañares Vineyard, Los Árboles, Tunuyán, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, 2015

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Technical Details

  • Blend: Malbec 100%

  • ABV: 15%

  • Closure: Natural cork

  • Colour: Red

  • Style: Still wine

  • Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes

  • Suitable for Vegans: Yes

  • Organic: No

  • Biodynamic: No

Producer Profile

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.

Viticulture

This property covers an area of 17.3 ha (42.7 ac) planted to Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This region is characterised by poor, yet free-draining, stony and alluvial soils. The vineyard site has a northern exposure, with a west-east slope of 2.7%, encouraging air circulation and healthy vineyard conditions. During berry maturation, average temperature is 14.4ºC (57.9°F). Drip irrigation is used, and with the high permeability of the soil, this system helps control vineyard growth during vegetative development and grape maturation. The vineyard is spur-pruned. Among the distinctive features of this vineyard are the native forests of Chañar trees, preserved in a nature reserve for the indigenous species of flora and fauna in the region to flourish in.

Winemaking

Traditional red wine fermentation with indigenous yeasts, then aged for 18 months in French Taransaud oak barrels.

Oak Treatment

Time: 18 Months; Type: French Taransaud; % oaked: 100;

Tasting Note

Intense, elegant and saturated red with black hues. The nose is complex and focal, displaying herbal notes and black fruit, cherry, chocolate and subtle menthol notes. Fine and velvety tannins, this Malbec shows great intensity and energy, leading to a persistent finish.

Food Matching

Lean cuts of meat, like sirloin, chicken and pork.

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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. Solar panels provide energy to winery. No fining or filtration used on their wines.
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Proceeds from sale of waste products goes to support childhood nutrition programmes. Provide economic support for local schools and health centre.

Awards and Reviews

  • IWC 2018 Silver