El Payador Mendoza Malbec (6pk)
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Grape Variety: 100% Malbec
Region: 60% Lujan de Cuyo, 40% Uco Valley
Winemaker: Jorge Daniel Falasco
Background: The Payada is a competitive composing and singing of verses native to Argentina, usually accompanied by guitar. The performer is called a Payador and in performance two or more payadores will compete to produce the most eloquent verse. Each answering questions posed by the other, often insulting.
Summary: El Payador is a contemporary and fruit driven Argentinian Malbec created in partnership with third generation Mendoza winemaker Jorge Daniel Falasco. The Falasco family owns 3,000 hectares of vineyards in many of the prime locations, including vineyards in premier sub-region ‘La Consulta’ in the ‘Uco Valley’ which is 1,100 metres above sea level and offers a perfect micro-climate for producing fresh fruit driven wines
Winemaking: Hand harvested before grape sorting, in vineyard and winery, and complete de-stemming. Fermented in open stainless steel tanks at a cool temperate with hand plunging for seven to tens days. Primarily matured in stainless steel with around 20% matured in seasoned French oak.
Vintage 2020: One of the earliest and warmest vintages on record. Low rainfal throughout the season a cool and dry winter was follwed by a hot summer. The quality was excellent however with grapes being very concentrated and expressive. 2020 will be remembered for great wines with excellent ageing potential.
Tasting Note: Deep red in the glass with a bold and expressive nose of black fruits and raspberries with subtle notes of spicy oak. The palate is medium bodied with compelling red berry flavours framed by chalky tannins and a savoury character. An impressively long, dry finish makes it a good match for lamb back straps with rosemary and garlic.