Belhara Estate Malbec 2018
Argentina / Mendoza
Andy's Tasting Notes
This is so generous and silky with dense cherry, blackcurrant and plum fruit interwoven with coffee, blueberry, spice and dark chocolate. Though rich, it’s impeccably balanced and a true joy to drink. A single vineyard Malbec grown at high altitude imbuing the wine with freshness and perfect drinkability.
Production notes – vinification: Grapes were hand harvested in selected blocks. Alcoholic fermentation and extended maceration on skins took place for 30 days in open-top barrels with manual punch downs for better extraction and a lush and broad mouthfeel. The wine was then aged in 100% new French oak barrels (Mercurey Tonnellerie) for 18 months with gentle racking, before bottling unfiltered.
Price per bottle £14.20
Belhara Estate is a family winery nestled in the Uco Valley in Mendoza, with a focus on crafting artisanal red blends and single vineyard wines. The estate’s 300 hectares of vines are split between three estate vineyards at altitudes of between 850 and 1400 metres.
Stephen Huse, owner and winemaker, trained in oenology at the University of Bordeaux. Prior to establishing Belhara, he worked within the winemaking team at Châteaux Margaux and Mouton-Rothschild, as well as at Harlan Estate and Merryvale Vineyards in the Napa Valley and Almaviva (Concha y Toro) in Chile.
Food matchA rich rice pilaff