Updated: Jan 4
Bodega Colomé Estate
I am not a big fan of Argentinean wines to be honest. I find them not too much graceful. But despite my prejudice, this bottle teased me. Probably because I needed another bottle to get the 25% discount at Waitrose. This nectar is a 100% Malbec grape coming from four different estates located at different latitudes in Salta region. The lowest vineyard is located at 1700m asl while the highest one at 3100m asl. As declared in the producer’s Internet page, fermentation is slow due to the altitude (lower oxygen) and followed by an extended maceration period of 25-30 days to extract good levels of colour and tannin. Malolactic fermentation occurred half in barrel and half in stainless steel tank. The wine aged for 15 months in French oak barrels of which 20% was new, 80% second fill. Salud!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour, actually it is almost black with intriguing violet shades. Useless the say, but the intensity is deep, almosßt impenetrable.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. Even without decanting it, the wine donates succulent notes of fresh black fruits, fig, and black pepper. There is also an elegant perfume of violet. Secondary and tertiary aromas are a bit austere at the nose. I can smell just a touch of cedar, toast and coffee.
The nose has been a bit disappointed in terms on complexity. So I cannot stop myself to have a sip. The flavour intensity is medium plus, the alcohol is high (14.5%) and it warms up pleasantly. The tannins are medium. In the mouth, the fruits become riper but still fresh and lively. There is a strong note of charred wood and toast as secondaries. Sip after sip, the mint and other balsamic fragrances refresh the palate. The finish is medium plus.
The wine is well made: balanced, smooth and silky on the palate. It is perfect with meat or to wash down any sort of food. I don’t think it would be our best friend drunk by its own. It lacks a bit of complexity and its strength is not for everybody. But I like it.