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Nicolas Orsini

September 2, 2020

Malbec througout Mendoza

Throughout the expanse of its territory, Argentina offers a wide range of climates, landscapes, soils and characteristics that allow it to present an immense diversity in the types of wines it produces.

With over 185,000 hectares of planted vineyards, the Cuyo region concentrates 95% of the total planted area in the country. It is in this location in which the country’s viticulture is most deeply rooted. Accompanied by its industrial development, the Cuyo region has become the most prolific region in South America and one of the most important ones worldwide, according to data from Wines of Argentina.

Malbec has become a vehicle that allows us to appreciate the diversity of Argentina’s wine types and terroirs, enabling us to discover hundreds of labels with different wine types.

That’s what we’ll try to appreciate with these 6 wines that range from in location from the First Zone to the Uco Valley, so that, with their peculiarities, they each allow us to appreciate new contrasts.

This sample includes the cold zones, which offer fresher and more linear wines; and then the warmer zones, which offer wines with a sweet start and round tannins.

Finca Decero, Agrelo, Mendoza

Finca Decero, Agrelo, Mendoza

Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo – Mendoza

This is a zone with an altitude of no more than 1050 meters, a cold climate, and soils made up of layers of clay and sand, in which fruity notes generally stand out.

Finca Decero, Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard – See more

Ruby. In the nose, red fruit like plum and raspberry. Flowers like lavender. Licorice notes. Spicy in the mouth. Aging aromas like vanilla. Good acidity. Balanced and with potential.

Vistalba – Luján de Cuyo

Vistalba, with its altitude and mild temperatures, gives its vines a rest after a day of receiving intense sunlight; thus facilitating the wine’s maturity and its floral notes.

Viña 1924, De Ángeles Malbec – See more

Purple with intensity. To the nose it is expressive with prevailing notes of fresh red fruit, such as cherry and strawberry, accompanied by notes of tobacco and toast, as well as some vegetable notes. In the mouth it has a fresh input and intensity, with a fruity and spicy center. Nice tannins. Medium finish.

Maipu, Mendoza

Maipú – Luján de Cuyo

Maipú and its soils are not rich in organic matter, but they have excellent drainage, which allow for wines with an intense fruity taste.

Trapiche, Fond de Cave Gran Reserva Malbec – See more

Purple. High intensity. On the nose you can sense black and red fruits, cassis, plums and black olives. Spicy notes of eucalyptus and licorice. Butter and vanilla. Juicy. Spicy with pepper, eucalyptus and licorice. Black fruit and some butter. Round tannins. Long end.

Los Chacayes – Valle de Uco

Los Chacayes combines sandy and rocky soils, days of high insolation and high temperatures; and cool nights that contribute to its wines’ herbal features.

Piedra Negra, Piedra Negra Chacayes – See more

Ruby. High intensity. On the nose, notes of licorice, clove and menthol stand out. Black fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and plums. Aromas of chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, butter, dates and figs. Sweet entrance in the mouth. Very good acidity. Complex, with spicy notes and aging aromas of chocolate. Also floral notes. A silky and intense wine. Persistent. Powerful.

Adrianna Vineyard, in Gualtallary.

Adrianna Vineyard, in Gualtallary.

Gualtallary – Valle de Uco

Gualtallary’s terrain starts at 1080 meters above sea level and ends at around 2200 meters, in which the thermal amplitude provides a natural acidity in its wines.

Catena Zapata, Adrianna Vineyard Fortuna Terrae – See more

Violet with reflections of the same tone, high intensity. In the nose, notes of black fruits such as cherry, pomegranate, currant and blackberry, oak aging notes such as walnut, leather, and cocoa, and floral notes such as roses, violets, and lavender. Also notes of spices such as pepper, notes of fermentation in the form of truffles and dried fruit, such as dates. In the mouth, it is a balanced wine with a fruity mouth center. Ideal to Decant. Memorable end.

Paraje Altamira – Valle de Uco

Paraje Altamira is a cold and high altitude zone that is characterized by its stony soil, rich in calcium carbonates, which provide fresh and textured wines.

Achaval Ferrer, Finca Altamira – See more

Ruby red with violet flashes, medium intensity high, clean and bright. In the nose, it is a complex, intense and changing wine with each swirl of the glass. You can appreciate figs, dates, raisins, coffee, chocolate, leather and nuts. Menthol notes like eucalyptus. Earthy notes with moist stone and chalk. In the mouth it is a wine with sweet entry and a very well balanced acidity. Polished tannins and non-invasive integrated alcohol. Memorable finish. Ideal to decant.

Nicolas Orsini


Journalist. WSET® L2 Wines & Spirits. Passionate about communicating the wonderful world of wine. Member of ‘Argentina Wine Bloggers’. Critic at ‘Vino Sub30 2015 edition’. Collaborator in Argentine Association of Sommeliers.

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