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Vicien, Malbec, Catamarca, 2017

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Is the 2017 the most delicious vintage yet of one of our best-selling wines - a wine we have been shipping for 14 years...? From vineyards over 5,000 feet up on the shoulders of the Andes , this is an organically grown Malbec showing beautifully ripe but fresh red fruit, wonderful purity, a silky 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. Trust us, a bottle will vanish very fast indeed. Now-2022

Vicien, Malbec, Catamarca, 2017

Product Code: VIB117

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Medium Bodied

Rated 3 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: Argentina
  • Region: Catamarca
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13.5%
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Vicien lies in the Fiambala Valley in Catamarca, in Argentina’s remote north-west, with vineyards on the arid altiplano - that Star Wars scene behind the vines isn't photo shopped. 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: 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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