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LTU La Consulta Malbec 2018

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A collaboration between a group of Chilean and Argentine friends, including Cristobal Undurraga who made the wine. Close to the Andes, southerly La Consulta is one of Mendoza’s coolest regions, producing floral malbecs. The high limestone content of the soils tempers the rich fruit with freshness.
Price: £38.00 Bottle
Price: £228.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: AR4531

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Malbec/Cot
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2032
  • 14.9% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

LTU

LTU, or perhaps more properly LLTTUU, is an acronym of the producers' surnames. This is a venture between six friends, three Chileans, hence the three copper stars on the label (Chile is the world's biggest producer of copper) and three Argentinians, hence the three silver stars.

The Argentinians are Ricardo Toso, who owns the vineyard in la Consulta from where the grapes are produced, and distantly related Mario Toso, who manages the vineyard, and Julio Lasmatres who looks after the administration.

The Chileans are Cristobal Undurraga, who is the winemaker of LTU, as well as his Chilean winery Koyle, and who spent many years in Argentina making wine for Montes' Argentinian winery Kaiken, his brother Alfonso Undurraga who helps with sales, and Tomás Larraín, who worked for a few years as managing director of Concha y Toro's winery in Mendoza, Trivento.

They started making the wine in 2007, and have refined it over the years. Buyer Toby Morrhall tasted the 2007-2017 vintages and from 2011 they started to make good wines and from 2013 they have become excellent.

As ever the quality begins in Ricardo Toso's Rebon Vineyard in La Consulta at a cool 980m, planted in 1998 and now mature and balanced and producing beautiful quality fruit. Cristobal Undurraga, who has worked for Rosemount in Australia, Château Margaux in Bordeaux makes well balanced wines, picked ripe but with freshness and life, and with extended maturation in barrel until the tannins are polished to a silky sweetness.

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