Bodegas Salentein Primus Malbec 2018

  • Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley
  • Exclusively imported by United Cellars
  • Winner of Frankfurt International Trophy
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  • Alistair Cooper
    91 points
  • Vinous
    93 points

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Bodegas Salentein Primus Malbec 2018 is a wine that embodies the unique terroir of the Uco Valley region in Argentina.

This wine is made with 100% Malbec grapes that are carefully selected and hand-harvested, ensuring that only the best fruit goes into the wine. The result is a deep ruby red wine with aromas of ripe dark fruit, such as black cherry and blackberry, along with notes of vanilla and oak.

On the palate, Bodegas Salentein Primus Malbec 2018 is full-bodied and rich, with flavors of black fruit, chocolate, and spice. The tannins are firm and well-structured, providing a long and elegant finish that lingers on the palate.

This wine pairs perfectly with grilled meats, such as steak or lamb, and is also an excellent choice for hearty stews or casseroles.


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

  • Alistair Cooper MW

    "Quite heavy cedary oak notes on the nose, cassis, blackberries. Ripe drak fruits, with oaky notes, mint, thyme and firm fine tannins. Good concentration of fruit and a clean long finish, alcohol is slightly notable but just in check"
  • Vinous

    "(Joaquín Hidalgo) The 2018 Malbec Primus is a blend of grapes from Los Arboles and San Pablo, Uco Valley and was aged for 18 months in 15% new barrels. Dark purple in color, the intense, oxidative nose delivers complex notes of ripe plum, nutmeg, sweet spices, cola and dried flowers. Broad and fleshy on the palate with a packaged freshness, this is a ripe red with tacky flow in which the body and freshness back up the grippy tannins. A substantial, flavorful wine."

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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.

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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