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Mendel Mendoza Malbec 2019
Argentina’s Mendel make more structured and less fruity wines than some, which are designed to go with food. 2019 is an excellent vintage in a concentrated, powerful and firm style, with a very long finish. Decanting half an hour before serving will show it at its best.
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- Red Wine
- Now to 2030
- 14.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
Mendel is an old bodega situated at Drummond, Mendoza, built in 1928 and which was bought by the Sielecki family in 2002. They employed the highly respected Roberto de la Mota to make the wines. The wines are quite European in style, firm and structured as opposed to the more usual soft and fruity style, and are designed to develop in bottle. These wines are best enjoyed with food and benefit from decanting 30 minutes before drinking.
Mendel have a number of excellent vineyards. Finca Mendel surrounds the bodega at about 900m of altitude in Mayor Drummond was planted in 1928 to malbec at the old density of about 5,000 vines per hectare, quite high by modern standards, and excellent for quality. They are interspersed with olive trees. The fruit of this vineyard goes into their Malbec bottling. Recently a massale selection of petit verdot from Château Margaux has been planted here.
At Perdriel, Finca de los Andes is situated at about 1,100m and planted to malbec in 1928, with some cabernet planted about 20 years ago. The malbec and cabernet go into the Unus bottling.
In the cool Altamira district to the south of Mendoza they are buying semillon and malbec thought to be about 70 years old. The semillon goes into the varietal bottling while the lovely floral, mid-weight, exquisite malbec is bottled as Finca Remota, a play on words mingling its remote location with Roberto de la Mota's surname.
Manchester Evening News
Mendel is a partnership between the century-old Sielecki family and Roberto de la Mota - one of Argentina's most respected and experienced winemakers. Malbec often pays dividends as you up the price...Mendel is a partnership between the century-old Sielecki family and Roberto de la Mota - one of Argentina's most respected and experienced winemakers. Malbec often pays dividends as you up the price levels and this is no exception - coming from vines that are 92 years old in some cases! This wine comes across a bit like a fine Bordeaux - well-structured, firmish with lots of herby aromas on the nose and layers of fruit on the palate. A real treat for Christmas.