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Gran Vu Blend
Grape Varieties73% Malbec and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationValle de Uco
- 93 Points
DescriptionIn the remote upper reaches of Argentinas Uco Valley on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Bodegas Salentein produces a remarkable collection of wines from vineyards planted at some of the highest elevations on the planet. From this lofty outpost, 65 miles south of the bustling city of Mendoza, Argentina's winemaking capital, Bodegas Salentein (Sah-len-tyne) has forged an international reputation for its fine wines. Each year, growing numbers of curious wine lovers are drawn to this spectacular location, intent on discovering and experiencing the beauty and ethos of Bodegas Salentein for themselves. Bodegas Salentein is a wine destination like no other. Established in the late 1990s, Salentein is a privately-owned estate of almost 5,000 acres, of which 1,124 acres are planted to vine. The property includes a world-class winery and cellars, a 125-acre nature preserve, the showpiece Killka Center for Culture and the Arts, a nearby lodge (the Posada Salentein, offering an elegant and relaxed retreat into nature), and the landmark Chapel of Gratitude, a non-denominational chapel of ascetic loveliness, built using ancient local stonework techniques. "Salentein Gran VU Blend represents the deep commitment that Bodegas Salentein has made in the Valley de Uco. This wine is the crowning glory of years of work and research in our quest to understand the terroir that we have identified and selected to produce the best wines in Argentina. Having taken this trajectory with grapes from many different regions of Mendoza, I am convinced that we have found the vineyards and varietals to perfect this blend. Gran VU Blend is a paean to the Valley de Uco and the wines of Argentina." - José Galante
VinificationGrapes for the Gran VU Blend 2011 were hand-harvested early in the morning and immediately sent to the winery, where the clusters were hand-selected. The Malbec was destemmed and sent directly into 225 litters French oak barrels.
ColorIntense, deep red.
NoseRich and complex aromas reminiscent of black fruit, licorice and menthol.
PalateIn the mouth the wine is elegant and well-structured with ripe and velvety tannins. It offers rich black fruit, spices, and a subtle graphite note with great volume and a long, lingering finish.
AnalysisAlcohol: 15 %pH: 3.6RS: 2.3 g/LTA: 6.3 g/L