2018 Amayan Malbec, Belhara Estate, Mendoza, Argentina
Belhara Amayan Malbec displays a spicy, floral nose with black fruit following through to the palate, with a supple tannin structure, great minerality and freshness and an elegant finish with a hint of subtle oak.
2019 Bonarda/Malbec, Casa Solera, Mendoza, Argentina
2020 Malbec, Cinco Fincas, Mendoza, Argentina
A blend of five vineyards, the selection process was rigorous in determining which parcels of fruit would make the cut for this wine.
Working with local growers from across the Mendozan region it is clear the result was worth the effort. A quintessential Argentine Malbec packed with fruit and freshness at an incredible price. A very quaffable, easy drinking wine with copious amounts of blackberry, plum and cherry. Rounded tannins make this soft on the pallet with a fresh finish that makes you reach for another glass.
2019 Felino Cabernet Sauvignon, Vina Cobos, Mendoza, Argentina
This Cabernet has a deep red ruby
2018 Malbec Reserve, Bodegas Piedra Negra, Mendoza, Argentina
This structured, intense and beautifully balanced Argentinian Malbec is made by famed French winemaker, Francois Lurton.
Intense ruby red colour. Complex, with a mix of red berries and spicy aromas of clove and black pepper. Also some delicate notes of chocolate and coffee that come from its time in oak. A structured and complex with pleasant tannins which bring sweetness and a long finish. Spice combines with toasted notes and characteristic red berry fruit of Malbec.
2017 Single Vineyard Malbec, Inacayal, Mendoza, Argentina
Situated in the upper Mendoza valley where the river is halfway through its journey from the Andes mountains to the eastern plains, the vineyards of Luján de Cuyo sit at altitudes of around 1000 metres above sea level. Combining the intense sunlight experienced during the day and the cold night temperatures, the wines produced show deep concentration of flavour and structure. Current winemaker, Jose Ponce, is making some excellent wines; powerful and complex yet with balance.
2020 Viognier, Las Perdices, Mendoza, Argentina
What a great expression of Viognier this is, with it's enticing aroma of ripe stone fruits and textured palate. It has a floral edge to it and this, along with the rich fruit on the palate, makes the wine a good accompaniment to aromatic cuisine.
2018 Syrah/Viognier, Las Perdices, Mendoza, Argentina
Ruby red in colour. Complex aromas of cherries and blueberries followed up by the subtle fragrance of apricot and white peach. On the palate, it shows all of its potential; smooth, round, meaty and flavourful. Very good, ripe tannins, with a long and refined finish. This wine shows the characteristics typical of these two grape varieties, co-fermented to achieve synergy and give the wine complexity.
2018 Chardonnay, Felino, Mendoza, Argentina
Pale yellow with green tones. In the nose we find notes of white peach, green apple, white flowers and honeysuckle. On the palate, it has great freshness, balance and persistent finish.
This Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed and fermented using natural yeasts. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel again using native yeasts. Only part of the wine is barrel aged while the remainder of the wine was aged in steel tanks.
In 1989, Paul Hobbs visited Mendoza for the first time. Driving over the Andes from Chile with his longstanding friend Jorge Catena, brother of the famous Nicolas Catena, he fell in love with the place, the people, but also with the potential to make great wine.
He began experimenting with wild fermented Chardonnay and then with the variety that would become Argentina's calling card - Malbec. His first 10 barrel vintage of Malbec persuaded the American press of the potential of this grape. Paul established his own winery, Vina Cobos, in 1999 and 20 years later, Paul continues to makes wines that are authentic expressions of the terroir from which they come. In an exploration of the different terroirs across Mendoza Paul looks for the most distinguished regions in Luján de Cuyo and Valle de Uco to produce wines that uniquely express their origins. The winery’s elegant and balanced wines are a result of meticulous vineyard farming and utmost respect for terroir.
2017 Red Soil Select Pinot Noir, Manos Negras, Patagonia, Argentina
Rio Negro has Patagonia’s most unique soil profile, with bright red, iron rich clay soils prevalent throughout the vineyard. The vineyard is located on a river bank that slopes down to the river, with different soil textures up and down the embankment. There are patches of brighter red soils in the vineyard which are very low in organic material and very high in iron mineral content. Their poor profile naturally brings down yields for exceptional concentration of aromas and flavours. These red patches impart exceptional complexity to the Pinot Noir fruit. The Manos Negras Red Soil Pinot Noir is made entirely from select Pinot Noir grapes from these patches of bright red soils.
The autumn berry aromas are earthy, with flavours of bramble, chocolate and plum with some earthy spice.