Bodegas Salentein Primus Cabernet 2016

  • Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley.
  • Exclusively imported by United Cellars.
  • Winner of The World's Best Cabernet - Drinks Business Asia
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  • Decanter
    95 points
  • Vinous
    95 points
  • James Suckling
    93 points
  • Tim Atkin MW
    95 points

Editors notes

Intense ruby red in colour with blue glints. Complex and subtle on the nose, aromas reminiscent of blackcurrants, combined with liquorice and notes of black pepper. Intense in the mouth, with perceived notes of black fruit and bell pepper. Good body and structure with firm tannins, but simultaneously quite agreeable. Very good natural acidity, long and persistent finish.


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

  • Decanter

    "For this wine, José Galante and Jorge Cabezas selected only vines planted in stony, alluvial soils rich in calcium carbonate at Finca El Oasis, a vineyard in Los Árboles, Uco Valley (1,158m). These precisely identified vines deliver a beautifully-judged natural balance in this fragrant, sophisticated Cabernet, which has a profound nose of dark fruit and spice notes along with a compact palate, refined tannins and a perfumed finish. Drinking Window 2021 - 2028"
  • Vinous

    "Aged for 18 months in 15% new oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Primus is from Tunuyan, Uco Valley. Dark, garnet red in the glass. The nose is defined and made more complex by the cool year. There are notes of blackcurrant, herbs, licorice and dried rose along with gentle aromas of cedar, truffle and gunpowder. The 2016 is relaxed on the palate with precise acidity and slightly reactive but well-integrated tannins. This style is Bordelais at high altitude. A deeply, nuanced red whose balance bodes well for its aging potential. -- Joaquín Hidalgo"
  • James Suckling

    "Blue-fruit, elderberry and woody notes on the nose. Full-bodied with firm tannins. Structured on the palate with a fleshy texture. Tannic, flavorful finish. A little old-school with lots of new wood now. But shows depth and intensity. Try after 2024."
  • Tim Atkin MW

    "Argentina Special Report 2020"

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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.


Tunuyán is a city in the west of the province of Mendoza, Argentina, located on the western shore of the Tunuyán River approximately 80 km south from the provincial capital Mendoza and 100 km east of the Chilean border.

Along with the Tupungato Department and the San Carlos Department, it makes up the "Valle de Uco" region, which is famous in the Argentine wine industry for its important and modern vineyards and wineries.

Winemakers all over the world have recognised the region for its attractive climate, soil, and altitude combination. It is now one of Argentina's most important wine-growing and producing regions.

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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