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Trapiche 2015 ‘Medalla’ Cabernet Sauvignon

23 May,2018

Trapiche is arguably Argentina’s most significant wine producer, part of the giant Penaflor Group, which has been owned by the Bemberg family since 2010. It is based in Maipu, Mendoza, where it has its winery. Led by Director of Winemaking, Daniel Pi, the wines are modern and of very high quality, spanning ranges that offer value, to single vineyard expressions. Trapiche draws from over 1.250 ha of estate vineyards and works with over 300 contract growers. The ‘Medalla’ range is one of the higher tiers, and here, I review the 2015 ‘Medalla’ Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a more fragrant expression with an array of aromatics, rather than a linear varietal style. The wine is distributed in New Zealand by EuroVintage.


Trapiche ‘Medalla’ Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina


Full, dark, deep black-hued ruby-red colour with slight purple tints on the rim. The nose is softly full, and gently and harmoniously expressed with aromas of ripe dark-red berry and blackcurrant fruit along with an amalgam of fragrant herbs and florals. This has plenty of aromatic lift. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and sweet, lusciously succulent flavours of ripe dark-red and blackcurrant fruit, along with subtle cassis notes, fragrant herbs and some red floral lift. The palate has plenty of sweetness and presence, lending a plush mouthfeel, and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins.. The fruit richness carries the wine with balanced acidity to a long, aromatic, berryish finish. This is a mouthfilling, sweet and succulent Cabernet Sauvignon with fragrant black fruits, herbs and florals, and finely extracted tannins. Match with barbecued and grilled red meats over the next 5+ years. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Cruz de Piedra, vines over 45 y.o., hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in new French oak. 18.0/20 May 2018 RRP $32.99

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