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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Argentine Malbec 2022

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We had to have an Argentine malbec for our limited-edition, 150th anniversary celebrating Generation Series range, as it so obviously represents a wine style that has risen to prominence in the last 50 years. It comes from the Altamira region whose cool climate and limestone soil produce a wine with floral and black fruit aromas and a ripe palate given length and freshness by the limestone soils. The 2022 vintage was of excellent quality. Maturation in 20% new French oak barrels and 80% second and third use for about eight months moderates oak influence, rounding out the tannins and contributing a hint of vanilla without swamping the fruit flavour. For a video message from the winemaker, and for more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £14.95 Bottle
Price: £179.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: AR4721

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Malbec/Cot
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2029
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, diam
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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Transplanted to Argentina, malbec produces much softer and rounder wines than in its native Cahors, France, and has become very popular. It is at its best in sub-regions like Altamira where cooler climate gives more intense aromas and limestone soils lend length and freshness.

This wine is produced for us by Dominio del Plata, owned by Susana Balbo. Buyer Toby Morrhall has known Susana for over 25 years and it was clear from the first meeting how bright and driven she was. Susana graduated with a degree in oenology in 1981 – the first woman in Argentina to do so, but this wasn't enough for the gutsy Balbo: she also achieved the degree with honours as the best graduate of her year. Originally from Salta, she started working in Mendoza with Martins and then Catena. As well as wine-making she project managed the construction of Catena’s Agrelo winery before leaving to found here own winery, Dominio del Plata, in 1999.

She has also dabbled in politics and her ideas on social responsibility extend to sponsoring the local football club, community dining scheme, and also contributing to the education of their workers’ children. She is always up to date on the latest research, travelling a lot to Australia, in particular, for technical conferences. But it’s the innate quality of her wines that keeps us working with her. She was the obvious choice to make our 150th Anniversary-celebrating Generation Series malbec, which celebrates our long and fruitful working relationship.

Dominio del Plata

After an already long and successful career in winemaking, Susana Balbo described her own winery – Dominio del Plata – as ‘like my third child, a dream come true.’ Susana graduated with a degree in oenology in 1981 – the first woman in Argentina to do so, but this wasn't enough for the gutsy Balbo: she also achieved the degree with honours as the best graduate of her year. Having worked extensively both in Argentina and throughout the winemaking world (Spain, Chile, Italy, Australia, and California among others) since the early eighties, it wasn't until the cusp of the shiny new millennium in 1999 that she finally realised her ambition of making her own wine at Dominio del Plata in the famous Mendoza region.

Susana established her winery in Agrelo, assisted by the renowned Argentine viticulturist Pedro Marchevsky who helped plant the vineyards. Susana’s ideas on social responsibility extend to sponsoring the local football club, community dining scheme, and also contributing to the education of their workers’ children.

The team at the winery are young and dynamic, enabling Susana to continue with her quest for innovation to satisfy an ever-changing and increasingly discerning world palate. As well as significantly raising the profile of the torrontés grape by using it to make fresh, citrusy white wines, Susana is seen by many as queen of malbec in the country that made the grape truly famous. Her success with this grape ranges from the vibrant, youthful, everyday Faldeos...
After an already long and successful career in winemaking, Susana Balbo described her own winery – Dominio del Plata – as ‘like my third child, a dream come true.’ Susana graduated with a degree in oenology in 1981 – the first woman in Argentina to do so, but this wasn't enough for the gutsy Balbo: she also achieved the degree with honours as the best graduate of her year. Having worked extensively both in Argentina and throughout the winemaking world (Spain, Chile, Italy, Australia, and California among others) since the early eighties, it wasn't until the cusp of the shiny new millennium in 1999 that she finally realised her ambition of making her own wine at Dominio del Plata in the famous Mendoza region.

Susana established her winery in Agrelo, assisted by the renowned Argentine viticulturist Pedro Marchevsky who helped plant the vineyards. Susana’s ideas on social responsibility extend to sponsoring the local football club, community dining scheme, and also contributing to the education of their workers’ children.

The team at the winery are young and dynamic, enabling Susana to continue with her quest for innovation to satisfy an ever-changing and increasingly discerning world palate. As well as significantly raising the profile of the torrontés grape by using it to make fresh, citrusy white wines, Susana is seen by many as queen of malbec in the country that made the grape truly famous. Her success with this grape ranges from the vibrant, youthful, everyday Faldeos Malbec – a range made for The Wine Society – to the silky, oak-aged Signature (in which she also earns great success with cabernet sauvignon). One of her finest wines - the Susana Balbo Brioso – is an artful blend of cabernet, malbec, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot, and is always a triumph with members. Maybe it is her maternal affection for her wines that has made her so skilled at the art of blending, enabling her to achieve some of the most delicate and balanced aromas and flavours with the malbec grape at staggering value for money (a far cry from its early days as the many-named ugly duckling of the French varieties). Achieving this at a time when few thought women capable of even being winemakers makes this accolade all the more admirable.
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