Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec 2017, Bodega Bressia
Argentina / Mendoza
Andy's Tasting Notes
A perfect balance of powerful fruit and elegant balance – this is very harmonious and very drinkable! Pure, intense and poised Malbec.
Walter Bressia and son Walter Jnr, are crafting their own very compelling expressions of the region and these are intensely personal wines. There’s a kind of secrecy to their source, you can visit the vineyards and they are indeed impressive, gnarly old things, beautifully tended, but there is alchemy back at the bodega.
Production notes: The vineyard is 3,083 feet above sea level, and the grapes are grown on 25 year old vines in the Lujan de Cuyo district of Mendoza, close to Walter’s bodega in the rain shadow of the Cordon del Plata. Unoaked Malbec is blended with 10% of Walter’s own Monteagrelo Malbec which is barrel aged. Walter bought two new 25,000 litre steel tanks specifically for this project and subsequently somehow crow-barred them into his bodega. Grapes were harvested by hand. Walter’s aim was to produce wine that reflects the true essence of his unique terroir, and this is a blend of 5 different parcels of grapes. Fermentation took place between 25-27°C. 80% of the blend is aged for 18 months in French and American oak. There was no filtration and no fining.
Price per bottle £14.90
There’s something very special going on down a dusty track in one of the farther-flung out posts of Mendoza. A winemaker for years (‘for other people…’ as he puts it), Walter Bressia has spent decades quietly accruing relationships with growers and has emerged with an eclectic portfolio from six sites that, he believes, represents the very best of the region.
Walter’s fabulous finds have been spun into wines of depth and character. Production isn’t huge but the quality and personality of the wines are.
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