Vina Cobos, Cobos Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2018
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, Viña Cobos, in 1999 and 20 years later, Paul continues to make 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.
A vine and cluster selection of only the highest quality malbec fruit from their top estates.
Aged for 18 months in new French Taransaud oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Type: French Taransaud
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 100
Deep violet red colour with black tones. In nose, it is complex, combining black fruit, spices and graphite. With highlights of blue fruits and Andean herbs such as jarilla and wild thyme. In the mouth it presents an elegant entrance, with tannins, velvety and long finish.
Roast pork, lean red meat; sirloin and skirt steaks.
Tim Atkin Argentina Report 2021 97 Points
An icon wine that has moved with the times, Cobos now contains 10% Cabernet Franc and some whole bunch fermentation, as well as grapes from cooler Villa Bastías, to add freshness to the Malbec core. Dense, plush, powerful but not overwhelming, this combines the bestblocks in the bodega’s portfolio to produce a sweet, spicy, compact red with incredible depthand intensity. 2023-33, 97 Points, TA, May 2021.
3 x 75cl
Award: James Suckling 94 Points
Award: Jancis Robinson 16 Points
Award: Decanter 96 Points