2018 Mendel Argentina Lunta Malbec

91 Points John Caro
In stock
A high-quality Malbec from Argentina. Ripe fruit is delivered with real class, offering serious satisfaction in a food-friendly style. The vines here are old (about 90 years) and lie on elevated soils on their own original rootstocks, where they are carefully hand harvested and sorted. The wine's savoury power comes mostly from the half that goes into new oak, while for the rest it is stainless steel that preserves the expressive dark red fruit characters. Delicious!
$26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle



Its Origins

Mendel Winery embodies the union of Roberto de la Mota - one of Argentina’s most respected and experienced winemakers - with an established Argentine family. Together they are dedicated to producing wines of unquestionable superior quality expressing the quality and character of their very old Malbec vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.

"Color: Intense ruby red. Nose: Very fruity and intense. Prevailing red and black fruit aromas of raspberries, plums and blackberries are backed by oral notes of violets. The ageing in French oak contributes touches of vanilla and caramel, granting superb intensity. Palate: It is a gentle, fruity and easy-to-drink wine. Fruit and oral undertones and pleasant acidity contribute intensity, freshness and zest. Ripe, soft tannins confer body and balance to this wine."

Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Guttierrez (2017 vintage)

"The approachable, creamy and expressive 2017 Lunta Malbec has notes of ripe berries and a touch of beeswax, pollen and honey that I find in many Mediterranean wines. This comes from the classical zone of Mendoza, and in 2017, the grapes achieved good ripeness; it's juicy and with a soft palate. Some 60% of the volume matured in barrique because the year delivered wines with more structure and winemaker Roberto de la Mota thought it needed a little bit more of élevage. A textbook example of a classical Malbec from Mendoza. 85,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2019."

Vinous, Stephen Tanzer (2017 vintage)

"Bright ruby-red. Somewhat inky scents and flavors of black and red fruits and licorice pastille, lifted by herbs. Slightly bound-up but there's excellent dark fruit intensity here, not to mention good density and a fine-grained texture for the price. Roberta de la Mota makes this wine from very old vines (roughly 90 years) in riverbed alluvial soils at the base of the Lunlunta foothills behind his winery in Mayor Drummond."

Variety Malbec
Region Mendoza
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2020 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with BBQ
with LAMB
with PORK



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