Masi Tupungato, Passo Doble, Valle de Uco, Argentina 2011
A blend of 70% malbec and corvina, aged in French oak for 9 months, 13.5% abv, natural cork closure. Available from Oakham Wines, £13.
Needs decanting for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, developing, with opening aromas of black fruit and herbal nuances, then opening to black plum and blackberry, red plum juice, an old rose style floral hint and a hint of vanilla.
Palate – the wine is dry, with medium acidity, medium smooth tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black plum, blackberry and ripe red cherry. The finish is medium and clean.
Quality and comment – a wine of good quality, with moderate complexity and good fruit concentration; there is balance between alcohol and acidity, which are in harmony with the flavour intensity; the tannins are smooth and integrated; the finish is not long but nevertheless pleasant. A food wine.