Deep ruby in colour, bursting with aromas of intense black berries, baked plum and violets. A full bodied, well-structured palate with concentrated, juicy black fruit, liquorice notes and ripe, round tannins. All combining to give a rich, long and smooth finish.
“Pioneering winery Ruca Malen deliver an intense and luscious wine, one of the very few examples of 100% Petit Verdot in Argentina”
Bodega Ruca Malen –
Set up in 1998, Ruca Malen is the brainchild of Jean-Pierre Thibaud and Jacques-Louis de Montalembert. Friends and business partners who shared a love of wine and the wine trade, De Montalembert had worked extensively in Burgundy, while Thibaud was for years chairman of Bodegas Chandon in Argentina. Now retired, they have passed the reins to a long-standing team, who continue to uphold their values, producing high-quality still and sparkling wines from a number of prestigious vineyard sites in and around Mendoza. The majority of Ruca Malen’s vineyards are located in the Uco Valley’s ‘golden triangle’ and the Luján de Cuyo areas.
Planted 800-1,100m above sea level, the vines benefit from high-altitude UV light, held to promote the wines’ unique fruit character, colour and structure. At the same time, cool night-time temperatures and a long, warm season prolong the ripening process, preserving fresh acidities and concentrating flavour.
Vintage – 2016
Region – Argentina / Mendoza
Grape – Petit Verdot
ABV – 14%
Size – 75cl
Drink now / lay down (2018 – 2021)
Closure – Cork
Type – Dry