Clos de Chacras Gran Estirpe Malbec, 2015, Mendoza, Argentina
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With age comes wisdom. And 80-year-old vines make something very special.
The Lunlunta vineyard is 8o years old and produces a naturally low yield. Careful management of the vines produces small grapes with a perfectly balanced polyphenolic load (that means tannins, to you and me). The grapes are selected to ensure maximum quality, and then selected AGAIN to make sure only the absolute best make it. So, what do you get when you take the finest grapes from a veteran vineyard? SPOILERS: You get a wonderful, complex, complete Malbec. Lush and ripe, with sweet and rounded tannins and a vibrant finish. Top tier.
The Gargantini family arrived in Argentina from Switzerland at the end of the 19th century. Don Bautista Gargantini ran a successful wine business, but over time his fortunes waned. His three wineries switched hands a few times and eventually were abandoned in the 70s. In 1987, Bautista's granddaughter, Silvia Gargantini, bought one of the wineries to take back the family business and honour his work. Silvia and her husband Alejandro Genoud restored the building while preserving the original architecture. Their work and the work of their families represents the message they intended to pass on to new generations: love for their land and its fruits.