Bodegas Salentein Gran VU Blend 2017

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BSBB201711 UCAU
  • Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley.
  • A carefully considered blend of 73% Malbec and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Rich and tannic, this is the perfect wine to accompany steak.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $120.00
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  • Robert Parker's
    92 points

Editors notes

Salentein, the pioneer winery of the Uco Valley, presents Salentein Gran Valle de Uco Blend, a Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon cut wine that reflects the essence of the Uco Valley terroir. It is a limited edition that synthesizes the wine-making philosophy of its winemaker José Galante, who has produced some of the best wines in Argentina, and the visionary and entrepreneurial spirit of Mijndert Pon, founder of Bodegas Salentein and pioneer of the Valley of Uco.

"Salentein Gran VU Blend represents the deep commitment that Bodegas Salentein has made in the Valley de Uco. This wine is the crowning glory
of years of work and research in our quest to understand the terroir that we have identied and selected to produce the best wines in Argentina. Having taken this trajectory with grapes from many diffrent regions of Mendoza, I am
convinced that we have found the vineyards and varietals to perfect this blend. Gran VU Blend is a paean to the Valley de Uco and the wines of Argentina”. José Galante, SALENTEIN CHIEF WINEMAKER.

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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
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    92
    "The luxury cuvée 2017 Gran VU Blend was produced with 67% Malbec and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon from Los Árboles in the Valle de Uco. It's a ripe and powerful red with abundant ripe fruit and tannins that would make it stand up to powerful food, and it should provide for good aging potential in bottle. The varieties fermented separately in oak, and the wine matured in French barriques for 24 months. This should be a long-distance runner. 7,800 bottles were filled in June 2019."

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Locations

Argentina

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

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.

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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