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Initially a collaboration between an Italian countess and a Danish winemaker, Bodega Noemia was set up in the Rio Negro desert region of Patagonia because of its old Malbec vines and alluvial soils. One of the southern-most wineries in the world, the winery also manages closely vineyards owned by a number of other producers in order to create a micro-economy in the community and to protect the old vines that might otherwise be ripped up to be used for other, more profitable, activities. The ethos in the vineyards and in the winery is minimal intervention. No sulphites are added and grapes are produced organically and bio-dynamically.
Malbec accounts for 90% of the blend, Merlot 9% and a splash of Petit Verdot (1%) enhances the colour, structure and adds some floral notes. The wine is only part aged in oak barrels so this is not a big oaky style Malbec but a more elegant style. The old vines make for complex flavours not least red berry fruits, ripe plums, blackberries and cocoa. The cool climate of Patagonia means that it has a softer style with smooth tannins and lower alcohol than many Argentinian Malbecs.
According to the producer "A Lisa is a very versatile wine that can be enjoyed by itself, with pasta, red or white meat, or even fish"
93 points RobertParker.com Jun 2018
"Even after only a few weeks of being bottled, the 2017 A Lisa was expressive, exuberant and open. It has a little less alcohol and more acidity than the 2016 I tasted next to it, but it is especially much cleaner and more focused. It's always a similar blend of grapes from 15- to 40-year-old vineyards, mostly Malbec with 9% Merlot and a pinch of Petit Verdot. It fermented with 10% full clusters and matured in used barriques and stainless steel vats for ten months. 2017 saw a warm couple of weeks around the harvest, but the wines show moderate to low alcohol (lower than 2016) and good freshness in a balanced year. Proprietor and winemaker Hans Vinding Diers compares it to 2011, with mostly red fruit, a touch of black too, juicy and with balanced ripeness. It has a pleasant mouthfeel, with lightness, bright fruit and very nice acidity."