Mendel Malbec

Mendel

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Wine label
Vintage:2015
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Country:Argentina
Region:Mendoza
Appellation:Lujan De Cuyo
Type:Red
Varietals:Malbec (Cot)
Vineyard:The vineyard is located in Mayor Drummond - Lujan de Cuyo. The vines are on average 83 years old and all ungrafted.
Orientation:The average elevation is 3,280 feet.
Viticulture:Hand harvested
Vinification:no fining and no filtering.
Aging:12 months in French oak; 40% New, 60% 2nd use.
 

Ratings

Wine advocate: 90
Bottled in September 2016, the 2015 Malbec is sourced from their old vineyard in Mayor Drummond in Luján de Cuyo. 2015 was not an easy vintage, but winemaker Roberto de la Mota explained how this old, organically-farmed vineyard with natural low yields was a lot healthier than the average, and they didn't suffer much from botrytis. There are some aromas of plum skin, hints of decayed flowers and some hints of development, perhaps not fully focused. It feels ripe, with black rather than red fruit. The palate is more austere than what the nose points at, with fine tannins and a sharp finish. I think it should be better with a little more time in bottle. 80,000 bottles produced.
IWC: 93 (Suckling)
Antonio Galloni: 92
(aged in 40% new oak; from vines averaging 89 years of age): Deep, bright medium ruby. Very ripe on the nose, offering scents of singed black raspberry, licorice and Baker's chocolate. Fatter and less refined than the 2015 Cabernet but the superripe dark berry, plum, spice and chocolate flavors spread out nicely to saturate the palate. Finishes with dense, broad, smooth tannins and very good length.