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Cheval des Andes, Mendoza 2017

James Suckling 100/100 This is the greatest Cheval des Andes ever. Discrete aromas of blackberries, flowers, stone and licorice. So perfumed. The integration of fruit, tannins and acidity is... fantastic. Full-bodied, tight and solid with beautiful depth and integrity. Extremely long and exciting. Complex and compelling with such refinement and length. A blend of 62% malbec and 38% cabernet sauvignon. Available in September 2020. Better after 2024. Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate 97+/100 In 2017 saw an early harvest, but they started picking on the 6th of March and continued until the 10th of April, more or less normal dates, early but not so much. The varietal break down this vintage comes to 62% Malbec and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the wine is slightly riper and higher in alcohol than 2016 (this 2017 is 14.2% alcohol). The different plots fermented separately with selected yeasts, and the élevage lasted for 15 months and was in 50/50 new and second use barrels, 90% of them French and the rest made with wood from Eastern Europe. They used 45% Bordeaux barrels, 45% 400-liter barrels and, for the first time, a 2,500-liter oak foudre. This is clearly the darkest of the trio of vintages I tasted together here—2015, 2016 and 2017—but all three have the elegant and powerful profile, the luxurious and creamy character found in the best Bordeaux wines in the last few years, wines of power with precision, concentration, energy and finesse. This seems to combine the clout of the 2015 and the freshness of the 2016 and feels something in between those two vintages. Their work in the vineyard toward the maturity of the tannins meant the challenge in 2017 was to not let the grapes ripen too fast and too early. The work is different for Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, to get round tannins in Cabernet and get some tension in Malbec, the contrary of the normal tendency of the varieties. 2017 has less ripeness than the 2015 but more density than the 2016. The texture is velvety, precise and harmonious. This year, they introduced a larger foudre for 10% of the wine, with the aim to reach 20%, so that volume is increasing every year. I think this is showing more precision, and in a more challenging year, they managed to keep the quality on par with 2016. They have changed the label this year, to a cleaner and more elegant label that also reflects the direction the wine is going in. 81,500 bottles produced. Jane Anson 96/100 Savoury black fruits with scorched earth smoke, eucalyptus and cocoa bean, given focus and a sense of momentum by fresh acidities and a juicy finish. Malbec has the ability as does Pinot Noir to either drink early or to age for years, and you feel the elasticity and promise of the tannins in this wine. Blend at the end of ageing. Aged in 2500-litre oak casks, 70% new oak. Drink 2021 to 2040
Pack Size: 6x75cl£319.98 (In Bond)£403.20 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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Familia Zuccardi, Los Olivos Chardonnay, Mendoza 2021

A beautiful balanced dry white wine with fresh peach and citrus aromas. Vibrant, fruity character Wine Making Direct pressing, maceration and seeded yeasts. Part of the wine is aged in French oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel
Format: 75cl£11.75 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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Zuccardi, Los Olivos Malbec 2022

Mendoza Valley has long been the heart of Argentina's Malbec production and Zuccardi make some of the finest Malbecs in the world, with all of their wines spending time in concrete eggs during... fermentation to soften the wines & maintain freshness. This Malbec has everything: sumptuously ripe fruit, freshness & length on the finish, with touches of tannic grip & pink pepper. The price is scandalous as this tastes at least like a £35.00 bottle one would find in Hawksmoor, Gaucho or Goodmans steak restaurants. At home it was the perfect soulmate for an autumnal BBQ, going equally well with T-Bone steak as it did tomato salads. Buy as much as you can before it disappears.
Format: 75cl£13.45 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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