Rutini Apartado Gran Malbec 2019
Regular price £86.00
Rutini Apartado Gran Malbec
Ageing: 18months French oak barrels.
This malbec, prepared by Mariano Di Paola and his team, has obtained excellent qualifications: Guía Descorchados (97 points), James Suckling (96), Wine Enthusiast and Decanter (94), Wine Advocate-Robert Parker (93) and Tim Atkin ( 93).
Apartado is an innovative assemblage that is only produced in very good years and in limited quantities. The best barrels in the cellar are selected for this purpose. The wine is complex with blackberry, plum and cherry aromas, with notes of cocoa, tobacco and cedarwood. Excellent depth, nice balance and silky tannins. It's a dream!
A success story
Ever since Mariano Di Paola was appointed Chief Winemaker in 1993, his creations have made Rutini Wines a leading light among Argentina’s high end producers.
True to the enterprising spirit of the house’s founder, Di Paola has worked continuously to produce ever better wines for Rutini’s followers, his efforts resulting in the release of a number of memorable labels.
‘In 1997 I secretly started working on the creation of a special wine for the new millennium, selecting the best barrels from that vintage in order to make a unique, unrepeatable blend,’ says Di Paola. ‘I combined Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah and, during the ageing process, I shared it with the owners. They immediately realized how special it was and told me to set it aside.’ The wine was thus named APARTADO (‘Apartar’ is the Spanish for ‘set aside’) – every year since, Di Paola selects the best barrels for his Apartado Gran Corte, first released in 1999.
It wasn’t until 2002 that Di Paola decided to make the first Apartado Gran Malbec, “When our vineyard in Gualtallary, Uco Valley, was ten years old I realized that the Malbec vines were producing exceptional quality. We decided to blend those grapes with fruit hailing from our hundred-year-old vineyard in La Consulta to make a Malbec unlike anything we’d made before.’ The result was a wine that elegantly combines the intensity of the young vines of Gualtallary with the structure and harmony of their much older peers from La Consulta. Its launch, in 2004, was a watershed moment for Argentinian Malbec: ‘Apartado Gran Malbec helped us earn the trust of our most demanding consumers, proving that Malbec has the potential to produce exceptional and age worthy wines.’
On his quest to meet the expectations of Rutini’s customers, Di Paola has continued to explore different vineyards and regions. Apartado Gran Malbec 2017 is a blend of Malbec grapes from Gualtallary, La Consulta and El Cepillo, aged for 18 months in French barrels. ‘We’re always striving to create a more precise expression of Uco Valley Malbec, one that embodies the freshness, potential and complexity of mountain vineyards while maintaining the elegance that the public expects from Rutini Wines.’
Mariano Di Paola and his son Nani