Bodegas Krontiras Natural Malbec is made with zero sulphur additions and no oak. It’s an impressively dense, dark red wine, packed with notes of aromatic blackberry and spice.
Zero Sulphur added
Bodegas Krontiras was established by Greek couple Silvina and Constantinos in 2004 with a view to making pure, terroir-driven expressions of Argentinean wines. In high altitude Mendoza they purchased ancient 120 year old vineyard in the high quality Perdriel sector Lujan de Cuyo and established a new vineyard in Maipu. Both were rapidly converted to organics in 2009, before becoming fully biodynamic in 2012; one of the first wineries in Argentina to achieve this. Since 2015 they have been experimenting with zero sulphur addition wines, and now produce a pair of excellent reds by this method, in addition to more conventionally produced (albeit biodynamic) wines. In addition to Malbec, they make a brilliant Aglianico, which seems quite at home in Mendoza.
The winery has been built along biodynamic principles, using straw for insulation and biodynamic geometrics to enhance the gentle evolution of the wines. Winemaker Maricruz Antolín is widely regarded as a rising star of the Argentinean wine scene, awarded Young Winemaker of the Year by Tim Atkin MW in his recent review of the region. The winery contains conical stainless steel tanks to aid seamless extraction, and a combination of 225 and 500 ltr French oak barrels. Where oak is used, it plays only a supporting role to the exceptional quality fruit coming in from the vineyards.