Origin: Bodegas Esmeralda, Mendoza, Argentina
Taste guide: Full/medium bodied, flavours of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate, hints of pepper and spice, oaked
75cl - 12.5% - screwcap
Produced by a "Certified Sustainable" winemaker
Tilia is the Latin name for Linden, a traditional tree throughout the wine country of Mendoza. Tilia wines are made at the Bodegas Esmeralda winery in eastern Mendoza by Alejandro Viggiani, the winemaker and viticulturalist in charge of all Catena family vineyards in eastern Mendoza. This wine was produced with a combination of fruit sourced from the traditional eastern sub-region of Mendoza, and the area’s dynamic southern region.
Tilia is a "Certified Sustainable" winemaker and is dedicated to responsible use of the environment. Water conservation and reuse, minimal use of pesticides and organic fertilization are several examples of the team’s dedication.
Following harvesting the grapes were fermented over 12 days, at a maximum temperature of 28°C which helped the characteristic flavours and aromas to develop. The wine then spent 9 months in French and American oak before bottling.
The resultant wine is bright, dark red. Aromas of black cherries and plums are accompanied by notes of violets and vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and full-bodied with flavours of juicy blackberries, cranberries, and blackcurrants abound, followed by notes of vanilla and sweet spice.
Pair this Malbec with a meat dish that mirrors its tangy berry flavours like roast duck with sour cherry sauce - or of course the obligatory steak.
Sells in up-market wine merchants for at least £8.95. We have just found a few bottles of the very latest vintage - 2017 - at Binendwines just £6.50.
Note that there is staining on some labels