Malbec 2018

Bodega El Esteco

Terroir: There are few places on earth where magic really happens. The Calchaquí Valley, home of Bodega El Esteco winery, is certainly one of them. This Valley, located at over 6000 feet hidden in the North of Argentina, displays some unique characteristics. Poor alluvial soils; high sun exposure; low humidity; and broad thermal amplitude make the Calchaquí Valley an exceptional wine region.

Vinification: The El Esteco range of wines is oriented to have a personality of great finesse and complexity. Concentrated bunches of small grains are manually harvested early in the morning and put into small bins of 18 kg. Pre-fermentative maceration at 5°C in stainless steel tanks and gentle treatments are carried out during alcoholic fermentation. Utilization of both native and selected yeasts for the fermentation process. Post fermentative maceration total 25 days. Natural malolactic fermentation is carried in both american and french barrels of first, second and third use. Finalizing this process the wine is aged in both American and French barrels for 12 months. A careful selection of barrels is made, looking for light toasted oak in order to accentuate the freshness of the fruit. The wine is bottled unfiltered, and kept at the winery during 6 months.

Additional Information

Dark violet in color with a rich nose of berry, coffee an herb. Mature and vibrant notes combined with firm and sweet tannins. Long persistence, concentrated and elegant.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Calchaquí Valley
  • Winemaker: Alejandro Daniel Pepa
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand, Gravel
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 6.0 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.6 g/l
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Malbec

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
    Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
    "Firm acidity backs the fresh, direct flavors of red currant, dark cherry and red plum. Ends with hot spice accents on the crisp finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made, 5,500 cases imported."
  • Score: 91 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Michael Schachner
    Date: Friday, June 4, 2021
    "This Salta Malbec is funky up front, with gamy aromas of earthy black fruits. Bold acidity is a touch blaring, so the palate is lively but also scattered. Said acidity makes for forward plum and berry flavors, while this tastes of coffee and baked berry fruits on a finish that's slightly hot and aggressive; drink through 2022."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
    Text not yet available. June/July 2021 Issue.
  • Score: 93 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
    "A very refined, polished red with very tight, integrated tannins that give this beauty. Medium body. Creamy finish. Bark-like character to the dark fruit. Drink or hold."

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