Bodegas Salentein El Tomillo Single Vineyard Malbec 2017

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BSET201710 UCNZ
  • Bodegas Salentein has been recognized as the 9th Best Vineyard of the World in 2023.
  • Exclusively imported by United Cellars.
  • Extremely small quantities available of this rare release.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $84.99
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    91 points
  • Patricio Tapia
    94 points

Editors notes

A single vineyard wine sourced from 1,075m above sea-level in the Paraje Altamira Appellation, Uco Valley- the birthplace of one of Salentein’s most distinguished Malbec wines. This wine stands out for the complexity of its aromas of red fruits and spices. The palate is elegant with velvety, fine tannins, mineral and spicy notes supported by a refreshing acidity and a pleasant lingering finish. Winemaking with minimal intervention produces an exceptional expression of Malbec from this unique vineyard.

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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

  • Wine Enthusiast

    91
    "(2016 Vintage) - From Paraje Altamira in Uco Valley comes this aromatic Malbec that offers star anise, dried herbs and green bell pepper with plenty of ripe black-fruit notes on the nose. Velvety tannins provide good structure while rich plum and fennel flavors invade the palate. The finish is pleasant and medium in length. Jesica Vargas"
  • Patricio Tapia

    94
    "El Tomillo is a vineyard in Altamira, planted in the zone’s alluvial soils with stones rounded by the river and covered with limestone. This type of soil tends to yield wines with very good tannic structure as well as red fruits, perhaps related to the mountain climate in this zone of Uco. There’s red fruit here with rich acidity and herbal touches, but most of all, fruit."

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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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