£23.00 / per bottle
Lunlunta is one of the most classic areas for Malbec in Mendoza. This is an old region of Lujan de Cuyo where these vineyards are based. It has everything a great Malbec should have – richness, elegance, power and lifted aromatics of violets and sweet spice. The vines were planted on their own roots in 1929.
Lunlunta, which means ‘Song of the rolling stone’, is tucked away behind the city of Lujan de Cuyo and straddles both Lujan and Maipu. Many old vineyards, this is where much of the best genetic material was taken from when Nicolas Catena started to plant in the higher regions of Mendoza in the 1980’s. Still highly prized for its old vine fruit, this is where Gaucho has its extraordinary vineyard with vines dating back to 1929. Walking through some of these areas is like going back in time, with dirt tracks and trees heaving with cherries, peaches and quince, but like so many of these old regions, they are under pressure from property development. Thankfully there are still many grape producers who resist these pressures. One of my favourite places for Malbec, at 980m, Lunlunta provides rich and ripe fruit, with a very aromatic profile, and sumptuous tannin.