Noble Estates presents two unique wines from Argentina at the LCBO.
NOBLE IN YOUR STORE – ARGENTINIAN INNOVATORS
Argentina continues to provide wines of exceptional quality at reasonable prices. As we see with the two wines below, they are also quickly becoming innovators in alternative methods of production.
2014 El Enemigo Chardonnay – $25.95 – 90 points vinous.com
El Enemigo is a joint venture between Alejandro Vigil, winemaker at Catena, and Adrianna Catena, the youngest daughter of Nicolas Catena, who holds a PhD in history.
It is made in the Tupungato region of Mendoza from 100% Chardonnay. Aged in 500 litre French oak barrels for 12 months. The interesting method of production here is that there is a ‘veil’ – a thin layer of yeasts which protects the wine from oxidation. The wine is left covered by the veil for 10 months in old barrels. Battonage is forbidden.
A distinctly savoury style, the wine has a salty richness with tropical fruit overtones on the palate. Not to be forgotten is the backbone minerality that comes through.
2012 Manos Negras Stone Soil Malbec – $19.95 – 91 points RobertParker.com
The Malbec grapes are sourced from the Altamira district in the Uco valley of Mendoza at an elevation of 4,000 feet!
Altamira has a unique soil composition that includes sand, silt, and stony soils all in the same vineyard. The stony sections, which is where the Malbec is sourced, are very high in mineral content and impart a very ‘stony’ characteristic to the wine.
There are floral and Balsamic notes along with pure fruit and great length on the palate. Still has quite a bit of life for a 5-year-old wine.
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