Origin: Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon, Mendoza, Argentina
Taste guide: Medium/Full bodied, black fruits, hints of Mocha, ripe tannins, oaked
75cl - 12.5% - cork closure
Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon is Mendoza's oldest working winery founded in 1884 and was the first to start making wines from 100% Malbec in the 1940s.
This wine is a true taste of Mendoza's heritage and terroir. Produced from grapes grown in the high altitude Estate Vineyards of Agrelo and Altamira, Mendoza, and hand-harvested in the 1st week of April. Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks on the skins for 30 days and temperature controlled to retain all the fruit aromas. This was followed by malolactic fermentation with the wine divided and aged in oak barrels 70% French and 30% American for 8 months. The two cuvées were then back blended and the final wine bottled.
Typical of Argentinian Malbec, this wine is is an inky dark purple colour with "great legs" in the glass. The nose shows intense dark plummy and damson aromas with a touch of mocha and hints of cinnamon and smokiness. The palate continues these dark stone-fruit flavours and as you would expect from a quality Malbec from Mendoza you get big fat juicy grippy tannins and a long lingering aftertaste of more of that plum, damson and dark chocolate. The tannins are ripe, smooth and sweet with the wine offering a persistent, pleasing finish.
However, even with all its intensity, this remains a relatively light (12.5 percent) grill-ready red, set for your beef ribs.
Obviously steak and roast beef are going to complement perfectly, but the winemakers at Escorihuela also recommend trying this with roast ham. Equally goes well with grilled root vegetables.
Sells for around £12 but we have seen it at a few outlets at £13.49. Binendwines' price is just £8.50. Very limited stock.
Note there is some staining on most labels