Good things come to those who wait. Pulenta Estates have had such huge international success with their superlative Flor range that the project to introduce BBR’s first Own-Label Malbec, an enterprise which was met with universal enthusiasm on both sides of the Atlantic when mooted in late 2010, had to wait a year to ensure that the best possible fruit became available to guarantee the creation of a wine of the highest quality.
Farmed at nearly 900 metres in the Alto Agrelo enclave of Mendoza and fed by drip irrigation from the Andes, these grapes, from the 2010 harvest, are very fine indeed, with a deep, energetic colour so typical of Argentinian Malbec and wonderfully complex flavours dominated by cherry, plum and raspberry, with gentle hints of wood smoke, raisins and tobacco at the back of the mouth in the name of structural harmony.Pulenta Estate
Read our blog on the origin and the tasting of our Argentinian Malbec here.
The blend is similar to but not exactly the same as the generic La Flor Malbec, but both wines have been vinified in the same way, enjoying six months in French barrique after a full malolactic fermentation. All in all a most worthy addition to the BOS range.
This is an outstanding example of Argentina's signature grape variety, a worthy match for the barbecue and indeed any meal which involves the finest cuts of red meat.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
Celebrate World Malbec Day this Tuesday (17th April) with an exceptional bottle produced for Berry Bros & Rudd by the esteemed Pulenta Estate made with grapes grown at 900m above sea level on the edge of the Andes. Initially ripe and fruity, but with crisp acidity, developing into a fantastic long finish in which the brambly, peppery flavours linger long on the palate. Crying out for a chargrilled steak or cut of venison.
(Terry Kirby, Wines of the week, 15 April 2012)
Wines for our Berrys' own selection are hand-picked by our expert buyers and are standard-bearers of style and quality from classical wine regions, offering exceptional value for money.