Bodegas Salentein 'Primus' Malbec 2018

  • Bodegas Salentein has been recognized as the 9th Best Vineyard of the World in 2023.
  • The nose is complex with intense aromas of red fruit, accompanied by spicy notes (cloves and pepper).
  • On the palate the wine is full-bodied, structured, fresh and with a long finish.dishes, such as beef fillet Wellington, lamb with herb crust and balsamic sauce or with steaks
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  • Vinous
    94 points
  • James Suckling
    92 points

Editors notes

Aromas of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, combined with floral hints and delicate notes of vanilla and spices granted by its oak ageing. In the mouth, it is intense, wide, concentrated and elegant. Its tannins are sweet and silky, with good texture. Unfined & unfiltered so it may have some sediment as evidence of its natural winemaking technique. Enjoy this dry red wine with strong meat dishes, such as beef fillet Wellington, lamb with herb crust and balsamic sauce or with steaks


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

    "The 2018 Malbec Primus is a blend of grapes from los Arboles and San Pablo, Uco Valley and was ages for 18 Months in 15% new barrels. Dark purple in colour , the intense, oxidative nose delivers complex notes of ripe plum, nutmeg, sweet spices, cola and dried flowers. Broad and fresh 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, flavourful wine."
  • James Suckling

    "Dark fruit, chocolate and spice undertones. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. Savoury and structured on the palate. Tannic finale with power."

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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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