Manos Negras, Artesano Malbec, Paraje Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018
Alejandro Sejanovich is arguably Argentina's most knowledgeable viticulturist, working as vineyard director for Bodega Catena Zapata for 16 years, he pioneered high altitude vineyard planting and conducted ground breaking research on Mendoza Malbec clones.
Manos Negras focuses on latitude winemaking, planting Torrontes in the northern stretches of Cadayate in Salta, Pinot Noir in the southern-most region of Neuquen in Patagonia and cultivates 50 year old Malbec vines in the prized Altamira appellation in the Uco Valley.
Sourced from the Altmira district of the San Carlos county, located in the southern Uco Valley at an elevation of approximately 1200 meters. Altamira has Mendoza’s most unique soil profile, with a patchwork of sandy, silty and stony soils all present in the same vineyard. The stony soils contain a high content of surface stones – round rocks that are literally painted white with calcium carbonate.
Artesano Malbec is made with fruit cultivated in high altitude vineyards and the foot of the majestic Andes. At these extreme elevations, Malbec produces a rich bold wine, full of New World power and concentration. The addition of a dash of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, increases the intense floral aromas and refined Old World elegance, as well as some structure and earthy notes to the final wine
Type: French 225 Litres
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 20
The inclusion of a small percentage of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot intensifies the floral layer of the Malbec creating natural elegance that reminds us of an old world wine.
Incredibly versatile, try this with mature cheddar, beef, venison as well as spice flavours such as fennel and cumin.
Tim Atkin Argentina Report 2021 92 Points
Artesano hails from Paraje Altamira and is Malbec dominated with contributions fromCabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Youthful, serious and dense, with thechalky minerality that comes with the terroir, sappy, youthful dark berry fruit, a hint of spicyoak and thrilling acidity. 2023-30. 92 Points, TA, May 2021.
Cabernet Sauvignon 7%
6 x 75cl