2015 Bodega Noemia de Patagonia Malbec Río Negro

SKU #1691227 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Arriving in Argentina in 1998, Hans Vinding-Diers and Cinzano heiress Noemi Marone Cinzano found a semi-abandoned vineyard in Mainqué, Patagonia after almost a year of searching. Instinct told them that the 30ha of Malbec and Pinot Noir planted by Italians in 1932 and 1955 were unique. The Pinot Noir was sold to Piero Incisa della Rocchetta and became Chacra, while Noemía is made from the 1.5ha of Malbec planted in 1932. Viticulture is biodynamic, though not certified. After hand de-stemming, berry by berry, using 30% stalks, the grapes are fermented for 10-22 days using natural yeasts, then the wine spends about 18 months in new French oak. ‘We felt this vineyard had something to say for itself,’ says Vinding-Diers. ‘The aim is to bring the vineyard to the bottle.’ Accomplished Patagonian Malbec mingling floral violets and incense spice, while a seductive mid-palate richness kicks in with black fruit flavours imbued with beeswaxy, spicy notes and a savoury splash on an elegantly balanced finish. (AR) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of chocolate, berries and spices with hints of smoke and meat. Full-bodied, juicy and flavorful. Long and intense. Love the blueberry character at the end. Drink now. Inner quote mark (6/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Plush and well-spiced, with creamy flavors of dark currant, berry and plum tart that are flanked by notes of dried meat. The rich finish of fig paste and black olive has plenty of minerality as well. Drink now through 2024. (KM) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

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