Bodega Colomé was established in 1831 by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854, his daughter Ascensión, who was married to José Benjamín Dávalos, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Colomé. Grapes from three vineyards (of four hectares each) planted in that year are still used to make wines. Located in the Upper Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina, not only is Colomé the oldest winery in Argentina, but it also claims to own the world's highest vineyard.
The altitude of the Upper Calchaqui Valley has a positive impact on the quality of the grapes because the sun's ultraviolet rays are present to a higher degree. The higher the altitude, the more exposed the grapes are to the sun's ultraviolet rays, which makes them able to generate a thicker and darker skin to protect themselves. This leads to more colour and concentration of flavour building up in the grapes. The climate here is dry with very little rainfall, on average around 120mm per year. A large temperature difference (25°C) between day and night aids the retention of natural acidity within the grapes. The fruit for this wine comes predominantly from the Santa Jakoba vineyard, which has some of the oldest vines in Argentina dating back to 1854. Soils are sandy with layers of gravel which aid drainage. The vineyards are all farmed biodynamically.
The grapes were triple sorted, once in the vineyard, once for imperfections on the sorting table at the winery and then once more for green material in the must before entering the fermentation tanks. The wine was produced using traditional techniques: no commercial yeasts were added, acid additions were minimal and the wine was bottled without filtration. This results in harsher tannins, which will soften in the bottle with time.
An intense colour with violet tones. Aromas of black fruit, cherries, white mulberry, figs and spice. A robust and concentrated palate with a crisp acidity and elegant spiciness.
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Name Colomé Auténtico Malbec Country Argentina Region Calchaquí Valley, Salta ABV% 14.5% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety 100% Malbec Size 750ml Dietary Information Biodynamic