VIñALBA GRAN RESERVA MALBEC 2008, DOMAINE VISTALBA
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The Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec is the flagship wine of Domaine Vistalba, and has been justly showered with awards. Among others, at the 2010 International Wine Challenge it won a gold medal and two trophies, one for Best Red Wine in Argentina and the other for Best International Malbec. Handcrafted by winemaker Hervé Joyaux Fabre to demonstrate the stunning quality the grape is capable of producing in Argentina, first the grapes are hand-picked from low yielding vineyards where the vines are a minimum of 60 years old and then after fermentation the wine is aged for 12 months in new French oak. The result is a full-bodied, complex and well-balanced wine, with delicious fruit and a lovely smooth texture. At this price, it's an amazing bargain putting many more expensive old world wines to shame.
Viñalba is an exciting new range of wines which showcases the depth and elegance Argentina can offer. Launched in 2008, it has already won 24 awards, including trophies at the IWC and Decanter awards.
The wines are made by Hervé J. Fabre, who was born in Bordeaux and was one of the first foreigners to recognise the potential of Argentina. In 1992 he built the first winery in the Vistalba region of Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. At the time, Malbec was viewed as little more than a blending partner, but Hervé saw its potential and bought a number of 100 year-old Malbec vineyards; and he was the first person to make a single-varietal Malbec wine in Argentina.
Hervé believes that Argentine Malbec is now ready for the next stage in its evolution, and has identified a number of different terroirs in Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco which offer perfect growing conditions for Malbec. Viñalba offers a range of beautifully expressive wines which combine purity of fruit and clear varietal expression with the elegance and complexity that is the hallmark of Hervé’s classical background.
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