Mariflor – Malbec 2012 – Mendoza

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This wine appears very youthful with a really opaque core, black purple, rather black-purple. Quite elegant nose it manages to show a high level of ripeness. But I think it is still showing those floral hints there, like violet, wild berries like blackberry, plum, cassis. Quite discreet oak, just a whiff of vanilla in the background. However still appearing very youthful. I like the palate, I think this is a wine that has great deal of density and concentration, but it is more on that. It is a fine extraction here, really fine and grainy tannin and really lush fruit. It is not over ripe, it is not jammed fruit. High ripeness, still underlined by a good level of acidity. I think it is multi-layered as well, so beyond that intense fruit there is a fine level of spiciness, like black pepper, plum, some ginger, adding a lot of freshness on the finish. Really long finish, still young and youthful but I think there is a hint of complexity here. I like the layers in this one. So really well made and polished in a modern style. I think for a warm climate style it is well balanced in terms of freshness. I think this would benefit a lot from further ageing, but I would still deem it really drinkable today.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.