2018 Melipal "Ikella" Lujan De Cuyo Malbec (Elsewhere $19)

SKU #1668621 92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark An attractive, fresh red with rich black-fruit character and stony minerality. Some cedar wood as well. Medium-bodied with outstanding depth and fine tannins. Spicy undertone. Will get even better in a year or two. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

90 points Tim Atkin

Outer quote mark Vicky Pons makes this unwooded Malbec from younger vines planted in 2001, aiming to reflect “the personality of Agrelo”. Supple, smooth and textured, it’s the kind of inexpensive red that will delight the grape’s many fans, with fresh acidity plum and summer pudding flavours. Inner quote mark


Outer quote mark Focused and defined scents of blackberries, vanilla and leather. Fruit-forward and juicy, with dense tannins. (Panel tasting) Inner quote mark (3/2022)


Outer quote mark An unaged Malbec from Agrelo. Pure and elemental, offering fresh plum and white pepper. Indulgent on the palate, it is simple, mild and full of flavor, and extremely good value for money. (JH) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

Melipal is a beautiful 87-hectare estate in Agrelo, Lujan De Cuyo on the outskirts of Mendoza that is focused on sustainable farming of Malbec. This current estate was founded in 2002 by the Aristi family, but some plots of Malbec date back to 1923, with the remainder being planted in the early 2000s. Hitting their prime, these 15-20-year-old vines combine with old-growth Malbec for a wine that is both fresh and fruity, but not lacking for intensity—a unique expression of the special Lujan De Cuyo terroir. Normally coming to the US market around $20 per bottle, we've secured a parcel at half price making this the perfect wine to pop on a casual night for a tremendous value drinking experience.

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By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2023 | Send Email
The Melipal Malbec reveals a brightness and freshness on the nose. Displaying ripe red melon, lush red cherry, strawberry, and raspberry aromatics in flowing with florals of star jasmine, violets, and clove like spices. The lingering red fruited mouthfeel delivers a burst of forward vigor that makes this extremely easy and satisfyingly to drink on any given day. The price point is undeniably friendly, but the wine is also exceptionally tasty.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2023 | Send Email
The excellent 2018 vintage in Mendoza has yielded a very polished Malbec from Melipal. In the glass it pours with a beautiful ruby red rim and a deep garnet core. The nose is a sultry mix of fresh blackberries, plum compote, and a light dusting of cocoa. On the palate that ripe fruit mingles with a distinct crushed stone minerality and a very refined tannin structure. This wine punches way above its price point, even at full price. At half off, it's a no brainer!

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2023 | Send Email
A fresh, vibrant, and juicy Malbec, this gem is impressive for how light on its feet it is for such a flavorful wine. Bright raspberry and red cherry envelop the palate that finishes with a slight salinity, gentle tannins, and a long finish. Irresistibly thirst quenching, this gem of a find is going to be impossible to resist and just leaves you imaging a warm weather evening with food and friends.

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