Antonio Mas Single Vineyard Malbec, Uco Valley

Country : Argentina

Grape Variety : Malbec

A step up from run-of-the-mill Malbec, this wine perfectly illustrates the new heights that Argentinian Malbec is hitting. Deeply concentrated and densely fruity, this is a dark-berried, generous red, with hints of dark chocolate, mocha and spice, illustrating the elegance that comes from the cooler climate of the Uco Valley. Also, check out the funky label!

Tasting Note : Warm blackcurrant and spice on the nose; the palate is rich, rounded and velvety, with blackcurrants, black plums, cherries and hints of vanilla and spice. The finish is lingering and full.

Food Pairing : Great big slabs of beef, preferably char-grilled; spicy veggie chilli; beef enchiladas; spicy meatballs in tomato sauce.

More info : The Argentinian wine industry is developing at an incredible rate, with vineyard areas expanding into the more southerly, higher altitude districts. Here the cooler climate, with cold winters and cool evenings, even in the height of the summer, allows the winemakers to produce wines with more elegance and balance than is possible in the hotter areas. Snow melt from the Andes is used for irrigation, but even this is very carefully controlled according to the soil types and plot orientation. Antonio Mas's vineyards are right in the heart of this up-and-coming area. Argentinian Malbec is here to stay, and is going from strength to strength – watch this space!

Winery : Antonio Mas is renowned throughout the Argentinian wine industry as one of the pioneers of terroir-inspired viticulture and modern winemaking. Having led the winemaking team at Finca la Anita from 1994–2011, he decided it was time to set up his own project, and purchased vineyards in Tupungato, Uco Valley, to run with his two sons. This area is emerging as one of the best for premium wines in Argentina, with its high altitude vineyards, cold winters and warm, dry summers. Antonio and oenologist son, Manuel, carefully select parcels to be vinified separately to bring out the individual characters of the different vineyards. Modern techniques are used to produce wines of great finesse and style.