December 20, 2019
Argentina is home to some of the most stunning wine making regions, using the natural wealth of the forests, waterfalls, dense vegetation and glaciers to produce some of the finest wine in the world.
Our sommelier, Cecilia is opening some gems from her native country, and here is one of them.
2013 ‘Demente’, Passionate Wine, Gualtallary, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Gualtallary is an emerging region from Uco Valley in Mendoza, which stands out for producing fresh, tight wines, by combining the colder climate of this area with different soil profiles: alluvial, poor, stony, chalky and sandy soil.
Demente or ‘Crazy’ comes from eight different vineyards in the area. The grapes are picked several times during the harvest season and there are roughly 40 days between the first and last pick.
Matías Michelini, the winemaker behind Passionate Wine, is one of the most talented and dynamic winemakers of Gualtallary. He is using 55% Malbec and 45% Cabernet Franc for this wine, fermented in concrete eggs and with minimal oak ageing.
The wine remains fresh but is showing intensity with velvety tannins and ripe raspberries along black pepper and dried flowers. Simply delicious!