Origin: Bodega Norton, Mendoza, Argentina
Taste guide: Medium bodied, rich and full, ripe red berry fruit, no oaking
75cl - screwcap - 13%
Virtually organic vineyard
Edmund Norton planted his first vines in Mendoza in 1895, 10 years after the railway opened linking this emerging wine-growing region with Buenos Aires. At around 1,000 metres, the altitude moderates the temperature, causing an extended ripening season. Exposing the vines to more ultra-violet light also encourages the development of colour and tannin in varieties such as Malbec.
Minimal treatments are used in the vineyards, which are run along virtually organic lines. All the grapes are hand picked. Fermentation lasted 7 days using only natural yeast. No oak was used, and the wine was bottled relatively early as a pure varietal expression.
The colour is deep inky red, showing sweet and spicy aromas on the nose, reminiscent of black pepper. The palate is ripe red fruit with a smooth texture and a harmonious finish. This is one of the best Malbec wines we have tasted for a long time.
Now with the very latest vintage, 2017.
Sells in London wine merchants for over £10 – our price was £8.75.
Now just £7.95 until the end of April.