'The most exciting Argentine wine of 2020'

By Stephanie, Wadebridge Wines in Wine Tuesday, February 15, 2022

We are delighted to share the fruits of a recent successful bid for an allocation of a truly remarkable red wine from Argentina's Mendoza region. Using 100% Malbec (the black grape of Cahors, southwest France), the small vineyard of Vina Cobos has released what the Wine Spectator has identified as the 'most exciting Argentine wine of 2020', one that perfectly expresses its unique terroirs. Since 1999, Vina Cobos has defied expectations for the potential of the Malbec grape in its adoptive home.

The best-performing of the Bramare Single Vineyard range is enthralling both critics and consumers on the world stage. Winemaker and founding partner Paul Hobbs achieved a 100-point score from American wine critic James Suckling for the 2017 Bramare Single Vineyard from the Vina Cobos Chanares estate. Suckling describes his perfect-scoring wine as 'Gorgeous with floral aromas colouring the blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied, yet the tight, polished tannins give a sense of levity and refinement.'

Argentina's winemakers had endured several difficult vintages before the 2017 harvest, which proved to be the second smallest in Mendoza for 50 years owing to late frosts: just 500 cases of the Bramare Malbec were made. However, the noticeably drier and cooler conditions translated into perfectly pitched wines that display good acidity and bright fruit. Volumes of this polished red are especially limited and expected to sell fast, for drinking between 2024 and 2027.

'Vibrant, refined and filled with unctuous dark plum, blackberry and dark currant supported by velvety tannins. Cooking spices notes are deeply ingrained, with a long lifting finish that is filled with cream and dark chocolate accents.' Wine Spectator, December 2020

79.95 per bottle

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