Despite the presence of two additional grapes, this Malbec is recognisably Argentinian Malbec
- it's big in terms of concentrated flavours and quite punchy
. As we say in our notes on the Flechas de los Andes 100% Malbec
, Argentinean Malbecs can vary greatly in terms of quality. Malbec grown at higher altitudes in Argentina are generally more elegant, with finer tannins and higher acidity. This is another wine from grapes not grown in the valley but at 820 - 1050 metres altitude therefore showing elegance, acidity and the luscious fruit typical of good Malbec.
Read more on the Malbec grape
Malbec accounts for 85% of the blend. Petit Verdot (10%) enhances the colour, structure and adds some floral notes. Tannat (5%) as the name suggests is high in tannin, and adds colour and blackberry notes. Only the Malbec is aged in oak barrels and after that the wines are blended and stored in bottle for a further year before release.
Like the 2012 vintage the wine is very deep in colour
given the three grapes involved. The nose is complex - aromas of red fresh fruits, raisins, vanilla with hints of leather, graphite and meatiness
. In the mouth it is very smooth and tannins are well-integrated
. The flavours are equally complex and the red fruits
are maintained in the long finish together with vanilla, spice, chocolate and hints of liquorice
. This is an ideal wine for fans of big, bold wines
and is good with hearty food like fatty steaks and rich sauces
Given the 15% ABV it is a good idea to decant or aerate the wine to tone the alcohol down a little. Read more on decanting
Luigi Bosca Gala 1 is a jet black red blend with medium intensity and very good brightness. It shows a complex bouquet of liquorice, black olives and tobacco on the nose. The sweet and elegant nature of this wine contributes to a modern profile on the palate. It is harmonic, with ripen tannins, full-bodied and persistence, and subtle vanilla and spicy memory with long finish.