A wonderful Malbec from Patagonia that has a wonderful freshness and personality. It looks and smells very much as you would expect of the Argentine classic – very dark in colour and fairly brooding in aroma, yet with a lifted aromatic quality reminiscent of dried flowers like lavender and herbs and, most importantly, gorgeous acidity on the palate that displays a touch of elegance. There's black cherry, blueberry and blackcurrant fruit but also hints of red cherry, strawberry and earthy minerality. It leads to a finish that is alive with that gentle pepper, cinnamon, and liquorice complexity.
Try this with roast beef or paprika chicken.
"Patagonia is in the south of Argentina, and much cooler than Mendoza. What that does is add a layer of freshness and lightness. The power and concentration is still there but the fruit is a little more on the red berries and there's a fragrant herbaceous spiciness on the nose that I personally love."
The team at Aniello have completely renovated the old, beautiful little winery and have breathed new life into the vineyards. The wines themselves represent the modern face of Patagonia – fresh and juicy with a touch of untamed wildness and beautiful concentration. We are delighted to bring you this unique, lovely wine from Patagonia.
Patagonia as winemaking region is very different from Mendoza; it is so very green with a huge river running right through the vineyards, and low altitude.
With vines grown near the little town of Mainqué in the Upper Río Negro Valley, (Patagonia’s finest enclave for wine) Aniello is a relatively small venture encompassing old pre-phylloxera Malbec vines and a winery originally established in 1927. (In fact, the first ever vine plantings in Argentina were planted in Patagonia.) Fermented in cement vats and matured in used barrels.
Most Patagonian Malbecs are from the larger Neuquen area, but this wine from Río Negro is head and shoulders above the rest.