Origin: Bodegas y Viñedos Pascual Toros, Barrancas, Mendoza
Taste guide: Full/medium bodied, dark berry, black cherry fruit flavours. floral notes and spicy oak, hints of coffee, part-oaked
75cl - 13.55 - screwcap
Esate grown and bottled
The Pascual Toso winery in Mendoza is one of the most prestigious and oldest in the whole of Argentina. Founded in 1890 it has remained at the forefront of innovation and quality. Headed up by Rolando Luppino and Paul Hobbs, both among the most serious players in Argentine winemaking, the estate produces gold medal-winning wines every year and is recognised internationally as being among the best in Argentina.
This Malbec was produced by Felipe Stahlschmidt, a recent addition to the Pascual Toso team, having been hailed as ‘one of the top winemakers in Argentina’. He now serves as chief winemaker and custodian to Pascual Toso’s 1,000 riverside acres
Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, Pascual Toros vineyards are planted at the some of the highest altitudes in the world with the average site located at 600–1,100 metres. Select grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness and vinified in the Las Barrancas winery. Following vinification the wine underwent secondary malolactic fermentation, then 40% of the wine was matured in oak barrels for 8 months. The separate elements were then carefully blended by the winemaker and allowed to marry to produce the final wine for bottling.
The medium intensity nose offers dark berry, blackberry, black cherry, and violet aromas mingling with oak spice notes. It is full/medium bodied and a touch fleshy on the palate with flavours of dark berry, blackberry, and oak spice flavours supported by fresh, lively acidity. Tannins are soft and well-integrated with a slightly dry, chalky textured mouthfeel. Dark berry, oak, and milk chocolate notes linger on the dry finish, with very good length.
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