Mendel Malbec Unus 2012 750ml
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Mendel Malbec Unus 2012

Mendel - Cuyo - Argentina - Mendoza

Professional Wine Reviews for Mendel Malbec Unus 2012

Rated 95 by Decanter
A red with dark berry, forest floor and currants. Such purity. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a purity of fruit that tells you how serious it is. A blend of 65% malbec, 25% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot. Better in 2016. (Suckling)
Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2012 Unus is a blend of 65% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot sourced from different subzones of Mendoza. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrel for around one year, in a mixture of new and second-use. Tasted next to some 2013s you immediately feel the ripeness of the vintage (which the wine clearly shows, as it should be), with more aromas of plums and dark cherries and plenty of spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied with the grapes nicely integrated. It feels very compact and serious. I tasted 2005, 2007 and 2010, and I found the iron and blood character of the Cabernet from Perdriel, mostly in the 2005, which was a cool and somewhat wet vintage. The 2005 is perfect for drinking and the 2010 still feels a bit young. 2012 is a warmer vintage and might develop faster, but for sure it's a wine that can age. 18,000 bottles produced.

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Winery: Mendel

Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Region: Cuyo

Argentina's Cuyo region has, for several decades now, been renowned worldwide for the high quality of its fruit-forward and remarkably flavorful wines. The arid region includes such famous provinces as the Mendoza, and wineries in Cuyo often have generations of experience when it comes to making the most of the mineral rich yet arid soils which typify the mountainous landscape. The Desaguadero River and its tributaries form many natural valleys through the Cuyo region, and as such, irrigation has long since provided the dry and dusty vineyard with a fertile and crystal-clear water source, straight from the snowy peaks of the nearby Andes. Although Malbec is the grape varietal most commonly associated with Cuyo, wineries continue to experiment with other varietals there, and the wine industry of Cuyo in Argentina continues to go from strength to strength.

Country: Argentina

It is said that the first Argentinian vines were planted in the Mendoza more than four hundred years ago by European settlers, and despite these early wines being used primarily for religious purposes, the fervor for wine making never left the area. Today, Argentina is keen to demonstrate its technological prowess when it comes to vineyard cultivation, by combining traditional methods of irrigation left over from the Huarpes Indians with modern techniques in order to make the dry, arid desert an ideal environment for growing grapes. Indeed, these ancient irrigation channels, dug hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bring mineral-rich melt water from the Andes via the Mendoza river, something which gives the grapes grown in this region some of their character. The primary grape of this and other regions of Argentina is the Malbec, which is highly susceptible to rot in its native France, but which thrives in the dry and hot climate of South America, producing rich and plummy wines which are highly drinkable especially when young.