El Enemigo Malbec 2018 - 750ml

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95pts International Wine Challenge - Gold 

Lively blackcurrant fruit. Green berry notes. Silky smooth velvety tannins. Focused mulberry charged finish.

93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Malbec has some 8% Cabernet Franc in the blend, and it has only 13.5% alcohol while retaining very good acidity. The grapes were sourced from Gualtallary and were co-fermented. It's a serious, subtle and mineral Malbec, with some austerity and shy varietal aromas of violets and wild herbs. The palate is medium-bodied with terrific texture and very clean and focused flavors, and it has the chalky texture from the limestone-rich soils. 28,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019 after 12 months in ancient oak foudres.

93pts Vinous

The 2018 Malbec El Enemigo has an 8% portion of Cabernet Franc, both from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley, from vineyards planted in calcium rich soils and aged for 15 months in old foudres. The complex nose offers plum and a hint of ash primarily along with subtle, expansive twists of lavender and violet. In the mouth, the wine is structured around the freshness with a skinny flow for the variety and gently grippy tannins that make it agile and flavorful. Delicate and compact, the juicy freshness keeps the fruity flavors present.

93pts Tim Atkin

Ale Vigil loves blending Malbec and Cabernet Franc and does it as well as anyone in Argentina. This is a 92/8 cuvée from vines at 1,470 metres in Gualtallary. Focused, fresh and racy, with some tobacco leaf and white pepper spice, blackberry and black cherry flavours and the understated wood that’s a feature of the El Enemigo style.

93pts Descorchados

For this El Enemigo, Aleanna's entry-level malbec, winemaker Alejandro Vigil gets his grapes from a vineyard planted in the first half of the 1990s on the gravel and limestone soils of Gualtallary, in the northern Uco Valley. It's a high-altitude vineyard more than 1,300 meters up, and that shows in the type of fruit it offers, with notes of tart red fruits crossed with herbs. The palate speaks of the soil, with that firm, taut texture from the limestone. It's refreshing, and the acidity is in charge, leaving a very crisp sensation.
92pts James Suckling
Aromas of ripe blackberries and dark cherries with herbal undertones. It’s medium-to full-bodied with chewy tannins. Fleshy with an ink-like feel on the palate. Very approachable with a flavorful finish. Delivers as always. Drink or hold.

91pts Decanter World Wine Awards - SILVER

Spicy nose with floral nuances over blackberry and prune notes. Structured and lively on the palate with a savoury finish.

90pts Wine Enthusiast

Grapy berry and cassis aromas on the nose of this wine include a wild note of animal hide along with oaky aromas of burnt toast and tarry asphalt. A lively palate boasts size as well as edgy tartaric cut, tasting of black plum, blackberry, graphite and burnt wood. Toasty oak, mint and licorice notes stand out on the finish.

Wine Spectator

A fresh and direct style, showing lots of boysenberry and raspberry flavors, followed by a juicy finish that lingers with crunchy minerality and spiciness.

Winemaker Notes

Rich and concentrated, it offers aromas of black fruit, cherry and dark berry fruit on the nose followed in the palate by a full-bodied wine with flavors of spice, blackberry, black cherry, pepper and a slight floral character. The finish is elegant and lengthy.

 

Pair this wine with rodizio, Lyonnaise sauces, grilled steaks, and barbecued ribs.