Manos Negras, Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina, 2020
Alejandro Sejanovich is arguably Argentina's most knowledgeable viticulturist, having worked as vineyard director for Bodega Catena Zapata for 16 years, he pioneered high-altitude vineyard planting and conducted groundbreaking research on Mendoza Malbec clones.
With Manos Negras he combines his love of minerality, and altitude with a magical touch in the winery to produce some of the region’s most terroir-driven wines. Not only altitude, but also latitude play a part in the wines from Manos Negras. With plantings of Torrontes in the northern stretches of Cadayate in Salta, Pinot Noir in the southernmost region of Neuquen in Patagonia, and old vine Malbec in the prized Altamira appellation in the Uco Valley, capturing the spirit of Manos Negras through a myriad of soils and ultimate wine expressions.
Malbec is the undisputed signature grape from Argentina. The high altitude desert oasis of Mendoza has provided the ideal conditions for this once minor French blending grape to unfurl its strengths unlike anyhere else in the world.
Fermented at temperatures below 24º C for 12 days, with a 28 day maceration, before ageing in French oak.
Type: French 225 Litre
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 10
The bright sunny days give a deep blackish colour and dark fruit flavours while the cool mountain nights produce violet aromas and a soft, supple texture.
Leaner red meats, and even lighter cuts like dark meat turkey or roasted pork.
Tim Atkin Argentina Report 2021 90 Points
Delivering a whole lot of perfume and fruit intensity at the price, this is impressively denseand well structured with some spicy oak top notes, damson and blackberry fruit flavours andan earthy undertone. 2022-25. 90 Points, TA, May 2021.
James Suckling 91 Points
Plum, maraschino-cherry, orange-zest and vanilla aromas. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins and a succulent, fleshy palate. Drink now. 91 Points, JS, March 2021.
6 x 75cl
Award: James Suckling 90 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Argentina Report 2021 91 Points
Award: Tim Atkin Argentina Report 2021 90 Points
Award: James Suckling 91 Points