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El Esteco ‘Don David’ Malbec

£17.25 / per bottle

Tasting Notes

Still one of the most popular wines we have ever had on the menu. El Esteco is owned by Peñaflor, owners of Trapiche, so they get the guiding hand of the great Daniel Pi. From Vineyards in the Calchaqui Valley, this wine exudes Salta. Aromatic, full bodied, spicy with a touch of black olive, beetroot and paprika. Sweet tannin and a lovely, soft finish.

At a Glance

Grape

Malbec

Colour

Red

ABV

14

Country

Argentina

Winery

El Esteco

Winemaker

Alejandro Pepa

Year Made

2016

Cafayate, Salta

A four hour drive South from the colonial city of Salta, you will witness some of the most epic vistas of the Calchaqui valley. The town, a must – see visit if you are in Argentina, is the centre of wine-making in this beautiful province. With just 33 wineries in the region, it represents a small proportion of Argentina’s gigantic wine output, but remains important as being one of the true, terroir – specific wine regions of the world. The altitude ranges from 1700 to 1850m above sea level. Cafayate is the rightful home to Torrontes, Argentina’s own indigenous white grape varietal, but also makes world class Tannat and of course Malbec. Big, bold and intense wines, with a wild and sometimes rustic feel to them, Cafayate punches way above its weight when it comes to quality, and I must admit, I have a real soft spot for this ethereal and beautiful place.

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