Familia Zuccardi Concreto Malbec, Paraje Altamira, Valle de Uco, Mendoza
Winemaker and third-generation of the Zuccardi family, Sebastian, has tried to focus soil sourced tannins experienced on the tongue, rather than those on the gums which come from extraction methods in winemaking and the oak selection, hence the concrete.
Made from 100% Malbec grown in the calcareous soils of Paraje Altamira, 1100m above sea level in the Uco Valley. The wine is made using whole bunch fermentation with indigenous yeasts before being store in concrete, hence the name ‘Concreto.’
'Aged only in concrete and given a fair bit of whole bunch. It’s very different in style to the usual (often oak lashed) Argentinian Malbecs. Grown at 1100m ASL at Paraje Altamira, in the Uco Valley. Importer: Langton’s
Impressive dark purple. Grilled meat and aromatic dried herbs, stones and ash, spice, violet, red and black fruit. Medium bodied, dry and savoury, massed with meat and dried herbs, though the fruit is there too, trails of dusty chalky tannin, and a distinct and impressive stony minerality throughout. Lovely fine ‘mineral water’ kind of acidity (maybe makes not much sense, but so pure and clean is what it is). Finish is firm and very chalky. Super savoury and superb.'
95 points, Gary Walsh