Vicien, Malbec, Catamarca, 2018
From vineyards over 5,000 feet up on the shoulders of the Andes, a Malbec from organically culitvated vines: showing ripe but fresh red and black fruit; considerable texture; and gentle savouriness on the finish. Smooth enough to enjoy on its... Read More
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Malbec is a red grape whose home is in south-west France, and specifically in the appellation of Cahors.
There (known as Cot) it makes a strongly flavoured wine which is, all too often, tannic and rustic and needs several years ageing to show its best.
Like Carmenère in Chile, it is much more successful in Argentina than in its homeland. Introduced in the mid 19th...Discover More
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Vicien, Malbec, Catamarca, 2018
From vineyards over 5,000 feet up on the shoulders of the Andes, a Malbec from organically culitvated vines: showing ripe but fresh red and black fruit; considerable texture; and gentle savouriness on the finish. Smooth enough to enjoy on its own, this Malbec has enough substance to drink with meat too - and not just with beef but, frankly, with lamb or sausages or whatever. Now-2022
Vicien lies in the Fiambala Valley in Catamarca, in Argentina's remote north-west, with vineyards on the arid altiplano. Without occasional irrigation this zone in the rain shadow of the Andes is near desert. In 2000 Carlos Arizu (a Ftizcarraldo-like quixotic) bought the Las Retamas estate, including some existing plantings of very old vines. From the start his aim was to produce wines using organic viticulture (certified organic in Argentina): there are no fungal diseases in these dry conditions, and no insect pests live at this altitude. The wine reflects the high altitude: here very long hours of sunshine and dramatic diurnal changes of temperature give thicker skins, and these in turn contribute to the deep, vibrant colour, and the lovely lifted scent, floral and appealing.
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