We landed our first shipment of wines from Argentinian producer Mendel Wines this morning. John tried their range while at ProWein earlier in the year. He found the quality and value for money so compelling that he put in an order straight away and now here they are!
Mendel are based high in the Andes in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza. Their vineyards there are around 900 to 1100 metres above sea level and consist of stone and gravel soils with a top layer of sand. The climate here is continental with scarce rainfall and dramatic day-night temperature swings. The perfect environment for producing ripe, concentrated grapes that maintain good acidity. Add to this the age of the vines (around 80 years!) and you have a recipe for great wines.
Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are the specialities here. We’ve brought in both the Mendel Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, along with the more forward-style ‘Lunta’ Malbec and their top cuvee, the ‘Unus’ Malbec.
All the grapes are hand-harvested early in the morning in small lots. After sorting of the bunches an berries, they’re transferred to small tanks for a three to five week maceration. Ageing is done in new, French oak barrels for 14 to 16 months for Unus and for a similar period in new, first-use and second-use barrels for the regular Mendel wines. After blending the wines are bottled without filtration.
Pop in store to pick up some of the new wines or see the Mendel range here.