Bodegas Salentein Numina Malbec 2019

Tasting Notes Intense violet red in appearance. Complex on the nose, with pronounced black berries, plum jam and balsam notes. Fresh and juicy in the mouth, with an elegant, lingering finish. Vineyard Notes This wine is made with 100% Malbec grapes sourced from old parcels of our estates. Selected from two vineyards, 57 percent are from El Oasis, situated at 1,100-1,150 masl and harvested on 12 and 27 March. These trellis-trained vines were planted between 2003 and 2008 at a density of 5,000 plants per hectare and are drip irrigated. The shallow topsoil is loamy sandy with calcium carbonate-encrusted stones starting at a depth of 20 cm. The other 43 percent are from our La Pampa estate in the San Pablo IG, at 1,250 masl, and were harvested on 8 and 14 April. These trellis-trained vines were planted in 2013 with a vineyard density of 5,000 plants per hectare. The loamy sandy soil has a small scattering of stones on the surface, with calcium-carbonate encrusted stones growing in prevalence from a depth of 50 cm. Vintage Report Precipitation was normal (300 mm annually) and, though heavier in the spring, a normal summer and dry autumn resulted in excellent grape quality and health. As there were no early or late frosts, the fruit set was excellent, maturation was uniform and the yields were good. Temperatures were also mostly normal, falling within historical ranges, with the exception of a few extremely hot days during the summer months that surpassed 35ºC, which is rare for the region. The unusual heat caused the earlier ripening of the white varietals, though the same did not occur with the reds as early autumn temperatures were moderate. Winemaking Report Grapes were handpicked and transported in 400-kg bins; clusters were then selected and destemmed. The must was cold macerated at 8ºC-10 °C for 4-6 days. Vinification was done in 7,000-litre foudres and stainless steel tanks. Fermentation was temperature controlled at 28ºC-29°C, partially with selected dry yeasts and partially with wild yeasts. During fermentation we employed remontage, delestage and pigéage. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine macerated an additional 10-12 days, after which it was devatted and transferred to oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. After six months, a blend of the variously processed wines was made. Total time in French oak was 14 months. Analysis Data Alcohol content: 14.5 % Tartaric acidity g/L: 5.8 Residual sugar g/L: 2 pH: 3.7 WINEMAKER José Galante/Jorge Cabeza MALBEC 2019 Bottling date: November 2020. Volume bottled: 120,000 litres Ageing potential: 9 years
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Black Fruits
    • Earthy
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Jammy
    • Red Fruits

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Vinous

    "From Los Arboles and San Pablo, Uco Valley, the 2019 Malbec Numina was aged in 10% new barrels. A bright, dark purple in the glass, the intense, nuanced, well-judged nose initially offers cedar and vanilla followed by ripe plum, thyme and violet. Broad, terse and juicy on the palate, it delivers lovely subtle flavors and a sustained, fruity finish enhanced by the aging process. -- Joaquín Hidalgo"
  • James Suckling

    "Aromas of blackberries, cherries, cassis, sweet tobacco and spices. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine tannins. Chewy and succulent with a flavorful finish. Drink and enjoy"

Other vintages

Love this wine? Here's a list of other vintages we have in stock if you'd like to try them as well.

  1. Bodegas Salentein Finca La Pampa Single Vineyard Malbec 2017
    • Variety Malbec
    • Vintage 2017
    • Brand Bodegas Salentein
    • Cellaring 5-10 Years
    • Wine Type Red
    • Alcohol Percentage 13.5% Alcohol

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The wine industry in Argentina has had one of the fastest growth rates in the wine world and now claims to be the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Much like certain aspects of Argentine cuisine, the wine industry too has its roots in Spain. Vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in the 1600s. Up until the 1980s, Argentina was known for producing more 'quantity' wine over 'quality' wine, but that has changed with winemakers across the board lifting their game. There is no doubt that Malbec is the grape on which Argentina's international reputation as a wine-producing nation is founded. Whilst it is a difficult grape to grow, the climate and conditions around Mendoza and in particular the Uco Valley is ideally suited to producing world-class wine. The most popular varieties planted out in Argentina would be Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tempranillo.


Mendoza is by far the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes Mountains, the province is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the country's annual wine production. The French grape variety Malbec has its New World home in the vineyards of Mendoza, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity.

The province lies on the western edge of Argentina, across the Andes Mountains from Chile. While the province is large (it covers a similar area to the state of New York), its viticultural land is clustered mainly in the northern part, just south of Mendoza City. Here, the regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the Uco Valley are home to some of the biggest names in Argentinian wine.

This soil in this region is alluvial with rocky subsoil. It possesses sediments of sand, silt and clay. Its little organic matter restraints the grapevine’s growth and this results in excellent quality grapes suitable for winemaking. Malbec wines from this area hold outstanding features; red and violet tones with great intensity.

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About the brand Bodegas Salentein

Jose Galante and Paul Hobbs are the dreamteam at Bodegas Salentein. Galente is one of the most distinguished winemakers in Argentina having spent 30 years at Bodegas Catena Zapeta making the wines that made Argentinian Malbec world famous.

Paul Hobbs on the other hand has been described by Forbes magazine as 'The Steve Jobs of Wine' and has been named 'Wine Personality of the Year' twice by Robert Parker!

The duo have vineyards at extreme altitudes from 1,050 to 1,700 metres above sea level in the Uco Valley, Mendoza's prime growing region. The wines produced there are round and fulsome - superb with a parrilla grilled steak.

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