Cuatro Manos 2014
A FRENCH STYLE ARGENTINIAN MALBEC
With 93 points from Jamie Goode this is a distinctly different Argentinian Malbec. A far cry from the dense chocolate, high alcohol style wine favoured by the old school critics this is a South American Beaujolais-style Malbec – which is not as transgressive as it sounds.
Red rather than black fruits are to the fore, redcurrants, cherries to be more precise, and the wine is earthily refreshing, it has a minty-herbal edge reminiscent of the wines of Cahors. The Malbec comes from organically-grown grapes which were fermented in a single 120-hectolitre cement vat, it was bottled without filtration, fining or added sulphur in mid-November.
- Spicy and earthy
- Medium to full bodied
- Black cherry & violets
- Well balanced acidity and good grip
- Elegant, refreshing finish
- No one should tell you what to eat with what wine, it is all down to personal preference, but if you'd like a steer on what this wine will taste particularly good with, we recommend:
THE CULMINATION OF A JOURNEY
The cuatro manos (four hands) in question, belong to two winemakers, Vincent Wallard, former wine bar owner, and Emile Heredia, doyen of natural wine in Vendomois and latterly the Languedoc. Vincent journeyed throughout Argentina and Chile “to share the experience of winemaking that Emile has, or to share the experience of other winemakers whom I intend to take to Argentina or to Chile, in order to spread the word about a different way to make wines, because everything is controlled in Latin America which largely takes its inspiration from the American approach – where the notion of terroir is just a marketing tool and not a reality.” The culmination of this journey was the Cuatro Manos project.
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