Malbec 2019

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: 86 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
    Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
    "This shows beefy, leathery aromas, with flavors to match, plus notes of roasted plum. Finishes with hot spice accents to the underbrush nuances on the finish. Drink now. 100,000 cases made, 9,000 cases imported."
  • Score: 93 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
    "Aromas of blueberries and fresh herbs with hints of sweet tobacco. It’s full-bodied with firm, polished tannins and a long, succulent finish. Nice, savory acidity at the end. Drink or hold."
  • Score: 90 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Luis Gutierrez
    Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    "The juicy and varietal 2019 Malbec was produced with grapes from vines at 1,700 meters in altitude in Cafayate and fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts. The wine has a traditional profile and the process was also quite traditional; it matured in used oak barrels for 12 months. It's soft and approachable, ripe without excess with mellow acidity. 60,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2020."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Vinous Author: Joaquín Hidalgo
    Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
    "The 2019 Malbec El Esteco (Malbec from Cafayate) was aged for 12 months in French oak, a fifth of it new. Dense purple in color, it offers attractive aromas of plum, spice and paprika, hints of ripe fruit and a touch of Rum cake. Fleshy on the palate with a profound, fruity expression, fine tannins and tight flavors at the back of the mouth. A tasty wine."

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