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2011 Trapiche Single Vineyard Malbec Ambrosia

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2011 Trapiche Single Vineyard Malbec Ambrosia

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml

HK$550.00

Tasting Notes:

Well-rounded, with lively acidity to the red currant, boysenberry and dried raspberry flavors. Cedary notes fill the chewy finish that lengthens out nicely, with hints of citrus peel. Drink now through 2018. 1,600 cases made.

Tasting Notes:

The 2011 Terroir Series Malbec Finca Ambrosia is pure Malbec from the Gualtallary vineyards belonging to Finca Ambrosía (whose wines I also tasted this time). As is the norm in the Terroir Series, the grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in new French oak barrels for 18 months. The bottle I tasted from was a little reduced, so energetic decanting might be a good idea. It took time to reveal subtle floral aromas and wild berries, with perfectly integrated oak and a sense of harmony and elegance that surpasses the other wine from the Terroir Series. The palate is austere, serious with the chalky minerality, very fine tannins and great balance. One benchmark Malbec form Gualtallary that is seductive, elegant and mineral. Amazing that a top-scorer is still very good value for the quality it delivers. 20,000 bottles were produced. I tasted a wide range of reliable wines from Trapiche, including a completely new line Mar & Pampa from the Buenos Aires province. Oak Cask is sold in Argentina and Reserva. In general, they are moving toward less oak, especially in the Broquel range and also using more indigenous yeasts (easier in the lower volume wines), which show good typicity and value. The Terroir series has finally settled to three single vineyards, Coletto, Orellana and Ambrosia. I also spent some time in Mendoza with technical director Daniel Pi and his team, visited some vineyards in the Uco Valley, tasted some old vintages and visited their impressive facilities in Mendoza, which include the largest fermenting vessel in the world, a 5.2-million tank that was built to replicate the volume of wine that was loaded into a train to be transported to Buenos Aires during the era of high wine consumption in the 1970s.

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Trapiche is a winery in Mendoza, Argentina. It was founded in 1883 and consists of over 1000 hectares between several Mendoza vineyards. It is a two-time winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition Argentinian Wine Producer of the Year award, and is the largest producer of wine in Argentina. Trapiche is owned by Grupo Peñaflor, one of the first ten wine producers in the world. Trapiche was founded when Tiburcio Benegas bought property in Mendoza in 1883, which contained a small vineyard. Benegas named his property El Trapiche, and grew it to 6,653 hectares. When Benegas died in 1908, his business became Benegas e Hijos S.A., of which his son Pedro Benegas was the chief winemaker. Pedro Benegas created a number of new wines, including Fond de Cave, Broquel, Monitor, Crillon, Puento Viejo, Feudo Viejo, Trapiche Viejo, and Vezely. When Pedro Benegas died in 1943, the company was taken over by his sons and renamed Benegas Hermanos. In 1971, Benegas Hermanos was sold to the Pulenta family, who renamed the company Peñaflor S.A. Peñaflor continued to produce and modify its existing Trapiche, Broquel, and Puente Viejo wines, while developing new brands and its white wines. DLJ Merchant Banking Partners acquired the Pulenta family's stake in Penaflor and Trapiche in 2002 and arranged to export Trapiche to over 40 countries, including to the United States through American wine importers Frederick Wildman & Sons. In 2002, Daniel Pi was appointed Chief Winemaker and oenologist, who consolidated all of Trapiche's winemaking and viticulture. Pi also helped establish Trapiche's line of single vineyard Malbecs, and established the Tributo winery. In 2010, the Bemberg family acquired Grupo Peñaflor’s full stock of shares. Trapiche produces many of its varietals under the Trapiche brand name, largely coming from selected vineyards in the "high area of the Mendoza River and in the east region of Mendoza." These include a Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot, Torrontés, Rosé, Viognier, and a Pinot Grigio. Trapiche sells a yearly set of single-vineyard Malbecs, created by Daniel Pi as a way to show an appreciation for smaller, individual Mendoza vineyards, some of which were cited by Wine Spectator as "the best wines that Trapiche has ever produced." As part of the Trapiche Single Vineyard Malbec series, Pi selects three of the best Malbec grape growers in Mendoza each year. Trapiche was named Impact Magazine's 2007, 2008 and 2009 "Hot Brand." It was named the "Argentinian wine producer of the year" in 2004 and 2008 by the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Trapiche wines are also frequently named to Wine and Spirits Magazine's Value Brands of the Year list, noting, "It's wineries like Trapiche that have given Argentina a name for value. The brand has been a regular among our Value Brands of the Year."