Vistamar Sepia Reserva Malbec
We don't see much Chilean wine in Oz. Save for a smattering of cheap Sauv Blanc and ordinary Cabernet; it seems the cream of the Chilean crop tends to head to the US or the UK. Until today. Today we have one of the more delicious Chilean wines to come through the door in recent times. It comes from Vistamar, one of the smart new Chilean producers, using fruit from the Maule Valley to create generous, clever modern wines.
With this 2014 Vistamar Sepia Reserva Malbec, the winery has delivered a Malbec to rival the tastiest examples from Chilean neighbour Argentina, complete with that limitless black fruit that great Malbec is known for. If you've ever wanted to try a Chilean wine, this is the perfect opportunity (especially as this price).
Vistamar Sepia Malbec Reserva 2014 is made from grapes grown in the Maipo Valley that has deep, loamy soils of alluvial origin and a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with a broad temperature range, which means that the grapes develop intense colour, aromas and textures as they ripen. In this new grape variety to be included in the Sepia Reserva line, all the personality of the Malbec, with its great aromatic expression, has been allowed free rein and combined with the spicy and toasted aromas contributed by its ageing in oak casks.
Colour: Very dark black cherry with violet highlights.
Aroma: Ripe fruit, expressive aromas of blackberries, fresh black and white cherries, blueberries and elegant notes of vanilla.
Flavour: Fruity and medium-bodied, complex and full of flavours, with notes of toffee and vanilla resulting from its ageing in casks. An elegant, persistent finish.