Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2010 Primum Malbec is pure Malbec from Tunuyan (cropped at very low yields) which feels like a modern, clean, ripe and tasty Malbec, with fine-grained tannins, some freshness, and good length. It is a little too extracted and oaky. Drink 2014-2019. (Apr 2014)
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Vineyards from Finca El Portillo, grown on alluvial-stony soils of excellent permeability and low organic matter content. Adequate canopy management permits good exposure of the grape clusters to sunlight, thus reaching the right maturity, embodied not only in the sugars, but also in the color.
Wine maker notes
100% hand-harvested grapes. Upon arrival in the winery, a cluster selection and soft de-stemming were performed. From the selection table, the grapes were directly sent to a hopper, where they were received with dry ice to avoid oxidation and to lower their temperature. From there, they were placed in French oak vats, without using pumps, where cold maceration was performed at 50 F to 54 F for three days, with the berries virtually intact. After cold maceration, select yeasts were added and fermentation started in a controlled manner for 10 days. The must was pumped over and the cap was manually punched down until the end of fermentation. Maceration continued for 20 more days, after which the wine left the vats and was immediately racked to new French oak barrels, where malo-lactic fermentation took place. After barrel aging for 14 months, wine from different barrels was blended and then stored again in the barrels for an additional five months. The wine was racked and subsequently bottled without filtering. Finally, it was bottle-aged for another 12 months.
Enjoy with grilled meats, roasts and robust pasta dishes.
The Salentein estate is as rich in history as in vineyard character. Land now planted to grapes once bore witness to great deeds and heroism. This goodwill was the work of the indigenous people, Jesuit missionaries who came to the region, and important historical figures, such as General San Martin.
Finca San Pablo, one of the Salentein vineyards, has historical roots that reach back to the 17th century. In the past, the property was part of an estancia called De Arriba, which belonged to the Society of Jesus. In the heart of the finca, some 1,500 meters above sea level, lei the ruins of Casa Grande, an old farmhouse.
Surrounded by a mature grove, the old house was built by the Jesuits, who had already begun developing viticulture practices at that time. Today, more than two centuries later, Bodegas Salentein grows Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in Finca San Pablo. Respectful of the lands vibrantly textured past; Salentein is equally inspired by the lands remarkably promising future. It is this delicate balance of old and new of blending the tradition of long-celebrated European winemaking methods with the bold ingenuity of the New World- that defines the Salentein style.