One of the findings in our report on The Diverse Wines of Argentina was how well Malbec works when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. Malbec contributes flavor and a lush mouth feel, while Cabernet Sauvignon gives structure and elegance. This is confirmed in the Numina, a blend of Malbec (61%), Cabernet Sauvignon (21%) and smaller amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, all from Salentein?s El Oasis vineyard. This well structured wine shows spicy, rich blackberry with a note of honeyed oak on the nose and offers a velvet-textured, refined palate that finishes with gripping, ripe tannins. Aged in French oak for 16 months.
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Grape Varieties61% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
AppellationValle de Uco
DescriptionIn the remote upper reaches of Argentina's 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 started to forge 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.
Vinification100% of the grapes are hand-harvested and selected before undergoing a gentle de-stemming. From the selection table, grapes are transferred into 7,000 liter oak casks where alcoholic fermentation takes place.
NoseScents of cassis, black cherries, spices and mint
PalateAn intense and robust wine with elegant flavors of raspberries, blueberries, sweet spices and a long, lingering finish of vanilla
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.5 %pH: 3. 71 RS: 2 .17 g/LTA: 5.63 g/L
Serving SuggestionsAn ideal match for hard cheeses, hearty stews, pasta dishes, casseroles and grilled red meats