Las Estelas Leticia Malbec del Valle
Estella Perinetti is one of Mendoza’s best wine consultants in high demand. These Las Estellas wines are her pet project, and they are excellent wines.
Purple with ruby hints. Big fruit flavour on entry (but not heavy on residual sugar as the wine is clean and elegant). The oak is subtle and there’s good natural acidity from the altitude, overall a wine of great balance, good mouthfeel and body with a delicious long finish.
From Finca Mangato vines in El Paral, Tupungato at 1,200 metres above sea level, planted on shallow sandy-loam soils, this lovely, compact Malbec is co-fermented with 8% Syrah, and this partly explains its lively, fresh character. It is dark and inky in the glass as one would expect, with charming notes of wild cherry, plum and blackberry on the nose. In the mouth the structure is tidy and precise with perfectly integrated tannins and a delicious, long finish reminiscent of those same dark fruits. 30% of the wine is aged in second use French oak barrels for 6 months. A lovely entry point into a range full of stars.
Leticia, meaning Joy in Latin, is the name of one of Estela Perinetti’s daughters; a fitting tribute to a wine so close to the winemaker’s heart.
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