Passion De Los Andes, Corte, 2019, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
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Move over Malbec and make some room for Petit Verdot because it’s the ultimate blending partner! These two gauchos of grape varieties grow up at a woozy height of the Andes (1,000 metres to be precise), where they sunbathe and rest in the nippy evening mountain air. They are separately fermented and then spend 9 months together ageing in steel tanks. All this effort to smell parma violets, chocolate, Jaffa cakes, Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the very bottle that you just opened. Cut from noble Bordeaux varietals, this is vibrancy at its best.
What happens when you take a bunch of globe-trotting Frenchies with pizazz for the savoir-faire and whack them into the knicker-dropping landscape of the Andes? Wines that are so effortlessly elegant with the likes of a smouldering James Dean in a leather jacket smoking a hand rolled fag in the dark corner. These epicureans were lucky enough to snag a piece of empty land in the south of Lujan de Cuyo, which is positioned on the edge of the Andes, and brought over 2 clones of Malbecs from its original home in Cahôrs. Armed with an infinite love for the land of Mendoza, this group of friends joined forces to create a project appropriately titled “Passion de los Andes”.
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