Last week I wrote a bit of a rave wine review on Mi Terruno’s Mayacaba Malbec. It’s layered, complex, intense and delicious palate lifted me out of my ‘anti-Malbec funk’ that I have been wallowing in recently. So if they could produce a wine this good, of course I was dying to see what else they could do.
After scouring the line-up at my typical Argentina wine tasting of Mi Terruno’s best, I clapped eyes on their Limited Reserve Blend. Now Blend’s are always an intriguing creature to me, whereas lots of ‘wino’s’ I know are particularly discriminate against them, mumbling sentences that run along the lines of ‘well, if you can’t get a good wine from one grape…’ etcetera, etcetera. Personally I don’t agree with this sentiment in the slightest. Blend’s can be some of the most exciting, creative wines available on the market, it just depends on how, and who has made them and whether they achieved the alcohol/acidity/flavour/texture equilibrium that they were aiming for.
Mi Terruno’s limited edition Reserve is a blend of 55% Malbec and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, two of the most popular grapes here in Argentina at the moment if the average restaurant wine menu is anything to go by! In all seriousness though, these grapes can certainly go along way to compliment each other if done right, bringing together a mixture of red and black fruit flavor with the firm structured tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon while having the rounded smoothness of Malbec. Before tasting this vibrant violet wine, I learned that Mi Terruno’s Blend got off to a good start by using fruit from 80 year old vines from the renowned Argentina Malbec producing region of Perdriel area in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, while the grapes were carefully hand-selected and left to age in oak barrels for 10 months. I was drooling with anticipation.
The aromas were indeed very pleasant with the french oaks chocolate, cedar and sweet spicy cinnamon showing first, reaching my nose far before the glass did, but I was then struck by how overpowering the element of Cabernet Sauvignon was, as cassis and blackcurrants found their way into my nasal cavity, with only the slightest touch of Malbec’s plum-iness.
The mouth revealed far more of the percentage of Malbec as its smooth rounded silky texture coated my mouth with luxurious delight. Again the flavor where represents much the same as was smelt on the nose, by the true beauty of the wine was it’s long intense finish leaving me truly satisfied. At about $25USD I think I be drinking this anytime, any day, anywhere. True value for money in my book!
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