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Bodega Norton Winemakers Reserve Malbec 2016
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £87.90
“This textbook Malbec is now a 50/50 blend from Luján and the Uco Valley and is all the better for the inclusion of the latter this year. Rich, plush, yet refreshing, with aromas of liquorice and blueberry, toasty oak and a backdrop of fine-grained tannins.”
- 90 points, Wine Spectator, December 2014
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Region Mendoza Sub-region Luján de Cuyo & Uco Valley
Grape 100% Malbec
In 1885, the Buenos Aires to Mendoza railway opened, cementing the significance of this emerging wine-growing region high in the Andean foothills. Ten years later, Edmund Norton planted the first vines in Mendozas Luján de Cuyo district. At 900-1100 metres, the altitude moderates the temperature, causing an extended ripening season, and also expose the vines to more ultraviolet light, which encourages the development of colour and tannin in the black-skinned varieties. The result is whites packed with vibrant flavour and good natural acidity, and well-structured, food-friendly reds.
Vineyard Half the blend comes from vineyards situated at 1100 metres above sea level in the Luján de Cuyo region of western Mendoza, and half comes from the Uco Valley to the south. The age of the vines is between thirty and fifty years. The grapes are hand-picked into small baskets, with hand selection of the berries.
Following a five-day cold maceration, the wine underwent a fermentation with native yeasts for seven days at a temperature of 25°C. Maceration lasted for 25-30 days at 20°C, and the malolactic fermentation was 100% natural. The wine was aged for twelve months in first- and second-use French oak barrels, and then for ten months in bottle prior to release.
Round and velvety, with flavours of ripe black fruit, violets, spices and tobacco. Long and complex on the finish.
Offers a fruity aroma, with red and dark fruit flavors that are complex and woven together with fine tannins. Minerally midpalate, presenting some inviting peppery notes. Finishes with a flush of spice and brambly details.
90 points, Wine Spectator , December 2014
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