2010 Salentein Malbec
Bodegas Salentein is like a Hollywood film set, writes John Downes MW. “The solemn brick monolith is set on a vast plain of vineyards in the lap of the Andes. Stainless steel glistens within the lofty circular winery, and the amphitheatre below is temperature controlled to provide the perfect scene and environment for the myriad barriques”. The Estate wines, particularly the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, should be fantastic in a few years time. From twenty-five year old vines, wonderfully healthy grapes are transported to the most modern of wineries, fermented in stainless steel tanks read more...and aged in 60% new French oak barrels. The Malbec, aged for 12 months in French oak, has an intense burgundy colour with sweet aromas of raspberry and a subtle hint of aromatic herbs. (hide)
Wine.comThe Salentein Malbec was cultivated in vineyards on El Portillo Estate, located at 3,937 feet above sea level on alluvial, stony soils of excellent permeabilityand low organic matter content. The handling of the canopy is based on a perfect balance of shades and sunlight through clustering and leaves, to preserve the characterof a mature wine. Balanced vines supported on bilateral cordon trellis, with a low plant yield, efficient drip irrigation and optimum maturity, leading to the distinctiveSalentein style. A bright violet color with shades of ebony, this stunning wine boasts intensity and depth in the glass. Aromas of fresh, ripe plums, cherries and spice are complemented by ahint of tobacco from aging in oak barrels. This complex Malbec offers flavors reminiscent of ripe red berries, with a fine concentration and the sweet tannins typical of thevariety. The wine continues to reveal its structure and balanced acidity through its deliciously long finish. This wine may be stored for seven to nine years.
DecanterRating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Aged in French oak for 14 months, this vivid, stylish Malbec displays concentrated ripe, dark cherry fruitiness with ripe, juicy and supple tannins and refreshing balance.
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