2012 Ambrosía Viña Unica Malbec, Gualtallary, Uco Valley

2012 Ambrosía Viña Unica Malbec, Gualtallary, Uco Valley

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2012 Ambrosía Viña Unica Malbec, Gualtallary, Uco Valley

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Where luck met judgement
He who dares wins – or so the expression goes. For one group of Argentinean entrepreneurs who staked everything to purchase a slice of prime vineyard in the Uco Valley, bets could not get any bigger. (Even the winemaker they found for the venture had to be paid in bottles rather than cash.)

They bought when the price was low; to succeed, they had to have found the bottom of the market – not only that, the wine had to sell. Luck and judgement coincided with the release of the debut vintage, which was chanced upon by super-critic Robert Parker. He scored the wine 95 points – the vinous equivalent of striking gold – and overnight their name was made.

Subsequent vintages and varietals have proved that this was no fluke as you can taste for yourself with the 2012 Malbec.


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Ambrosia

Ambrosia

In 2002 a group of friends decided that the price of vineyard land in Argentina would never be lower, following the currency crash. The land which they bought was located in the Gualtallary zone of the Uco valley circa 75 Km south of the city of Mendoza. It is now considered the finest area for premium wine in the Mendoza Province. Having  enlisted the help of a local wine maker to process their fruit, the only way they could pay him was in bottles of the resulting wine.

One such bottle came to the attention of Robert Parker who awarded 95 points - remarkable for a first vintage. The wines are now marketed under the Ambrosia label, and Berry Bros & Rudd are delighted to offer them on an exclusive basis in the UK. As ever, it is quality of the fruit that defines the concentration and finish on these wines.

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Malbec

Malbec

Known as Auxerrois in Cahors, Cot in the Loire and Malbeck in Argentina, this grape has undergone a mini renaissance in the last decade, largely fuelled by its success in South America. It used to be a staple component of the Bordeaux Blend, but it never recovered fully from the 1956 frosts and its plantings there have fallen by 75% as growers have replaced it with more fashionable, and crucially, more durable grapes.

It is still grown successfully in South West France where its most famous wine is Cahors. This wine used to be black as coal and tough as leather but improvements in viticultural and vinification techniques have led to riper, softer, more approachable wines that are now amongst the best of the region.

In Argentina it is widely grown and produces deep coloured wines with generous black fruit characteristics, balanced acidity and smooth tannins. It is either bottled on its own or as part of a Bordeaux blend. In Chile  it is the 3rd most widely planted grape after Pais and Cabernet Sauvignon and tends to produce firmer, more tannic wines than its Argentinian neighbours. In Chile it is often blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot.

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