Las Estelas Malbec
Tim Atkin 91 Points, Descorchados 91 Points, James Suckling 91 Points, Vinous 90 Points
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.
Hand harvested fruit from a high altitude vineyard. Beautiful clear ruby with a big nose. Intense fruit, juicy yet with fantastic balance again, and a purity and elegance. The wine was 30% first use oak, 30% second fill and 40% unoaked for 12 months which does come through on the long finish without overpowering the wine.
Estela Perinetti makes it very clear when she says: “We are not just Malbec”. To be very honest, however, if there were only wine from this very exciting producer, we would still want to bring it in to the UK. It’s a belter!
Again, we are not talking about a ‘showy’, gutsy wine full of bravado. On the contrary, this can be characterised by its sensitivity and precision. There is beautiful purity of fruit, and everything is judged perfectly leaving a sense that Malbec is capable of truly great things even amongst the most dissenting of voices. Fermentation in Stainless steel with 100% malolactic; aged in French oak for 12 months – 30% first use, 30% second use, 40% unoaked. Stunning!
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