Viña Cobos, Bramare Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Los Arbolitos Vineyard, Argentina, 2017
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 experimenting with wild fermented Chardonnay and then with the variety that would become Argentina's calling card - Malbec. His first 10 barrel vintage of Malbec persuaded the American press of the potential of this grape. Paul established his own winery, Vina Cobos, in 1999 and 20 years later, Paul continues to makes wines that are authentic expressions of the terroir from which they come. In an exploration of the different terroirs across Mendoza Paul looks for the most distinguished regions in Luján de Cuyo and Valle de Uco to produce wines that uniquely express their origins. The winery’s elegant and balanced wines are a result of meticulous vineyard farming and utmost respect for terroir.
From the Los Arbolitos Vineyard which is situated at 3308 feet above sea level in the appellation of Los Chacayes. The silty sand soils are full of boulders and rich in calcium carbonate. A vertical shoot position vineyard which has a drip irrigation system. This vineyard is part of an ambitious project located in one of the most highly regarded wine regions.
Viña Cobos' winemaking philosophy is to approach it as natrually as possible, assuring that at each step the vines and wine are treated with utmost care. They encourage and pursue fermentation with indigenous yeast and prefer to bottle the wines unfiltered and unfined in order to retain their full body and persistent finish. Aged sur lie for 12 months in new French oak (50%).
Type: French Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 50
Straw yellow with green and gold tones. On the nose it is fresh and delicate full of green apple, pear aromas and a slight hint of native herbs like thyme. The flavours linger on the palate, characterised by minerality and seemlessly integrated acidity.
Fish, chicken and pasta but also gouda and goat's cheese.
Jancis Robinson 16.5+ Points
Los Chacayes, Tunuyán, Valle de Uco 1,250 m. Hand-harvested at night. Really quite fine and refined on the nose with some stoniness. Excellent acidity – very marked and all natural. Zesty and still quite youthful. 16.5+ Points, Dec 2018
James Suckling 95 Points
Very tangy and intense with a pie crust, ripe apple and almond character. Medium to full body, bright acidity. Plenty of character in the aftertaste. Vivid and driven chardonnay here. Drink now. JS, 95 Points, March 2019
6 x 75cl