Montechez ‘Alma de Luna’ Uco Valley Mendoza 2011

Blended Red from Argentina
Review Date : 03-May-2015
60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah from La Consulta, Uco Valley, hand-picked and fermented in new oak barriques to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 30 days on skins and aged 18 months in new oak, 80% French and 20% American. Very full, dark, deep, black-red colour with a little garnet on rim. The bouquet is full and densely packed with rich, layered aromas of sweetly ripe black berry and plum fruit melded with spicy, cedary new oak, unfolding complexing earth, meat, tobacco and fruit cake detail along with savoury and floral elements. Full-bodied, this is solid and deeply concentrated with layers of interwoven flavours of spicy dark red berry, plum and peppery fruit, infused with cedar, spices, earth and game. The fruit is sweet and plush and well-balanced by fresh, lacy acidity and considerable tannin extraction and structure. The mouthfeel is complete and harmonious in presence, and the fine-grained tannins and concentrated flavours carry to a very long and sustained, rich finish. This is a complex and fulsome Malbec-based red with layers of fruit melded harmoniously with spicy, cedary oak. Serve with slow-cooled red meat dishes over the next 10-12 years. 19.0/20 May 2015 RRP $86.00

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