Bodega Colome, Altura Maxima Salta Malbec 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Argentina

  • Region:

    Salta

  • Area:

    Calchaqu� Valley

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Malbec

  • Grape Blend:

    Malbec 100%

  • Vegan:

    Y

  • Organic:

    0

  • Winemaker:

    Thibaut Delmotte

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Bodega Colomé Altura Maxima Salta Malbec 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This beautifully textured and full-bodied wine with intense aromas of black cherries and spices comes from fruit grown in the highest vineyard in the world.

Production Notes

Planted in 2007 and approximately 56 planted acres in size, the Altura Maxima Vineyard sits at 10,207 ft. elevation (approximately 3,000m) and produced its inaugural vintage of Malbec in 2012. The true expression of terroir in this Malbec comes from the vineyards extreme altitude, the soil composition (alluvial, sandy soils with a high percentage of gravel) and the semiarid-desert climate. The vineyard receives much more sun and much less UV protection, which produces thicker skinned grapes that deliver a more robust mouthfeel supported by fresh acidity. After fermentation, the wine spent 24 months ageing in used French oak barrels. Only 20 barrels were produced in total. The wine then spent a further 12 months ageing in bottle before release.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 95pts (2015) - The 2015 Altura Máxima Malbec is all black olives, decayed violets and malted cereals, a wild and unusual wine with high ripeness but a medium-bodied palate with fine-grained tannins. It is produced with grapes from their seven-year-old vineyard at 3,100 meters in altitude, the highest vineyard in the world producing commercial wine. The grapes were harvested fully ripe at the end of April, which is the equivalent to the end of October in the northern hemisphere. Here, latitude compensates for the altitude, and the grapes manage to ripen fully with strong exposure to sunlight. It matured in fourth use French barriques for 24 months.

Producer Profile

Bodega Colome was established in 1831 and is the oldest working winery in Argentina with one of the highest vineyards in the world. Perhaps because of this great tradition, which is allied to the dynamism it displays today, Bodega Colome was chosen by Tim Atkin as one of his First Growths in the classification of Argentinian wineries he made for his 2018 Argentina Report. The winery is located in the far north of Argentina in the Upper Calchaqui Valley and is thought to have been founded by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolas Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854, his daughter Ascension, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Bodega Colome. The three vineyards (with an area of four hectares each) were planted in the same year - the fruit from which is still used to make wines. There are currently 140 hectares planted at altitudes of between 2,300 and 3,111 metres above sea level. The grapes are sourced from four vineyards: La Brava (at 1,750 metres) in Cafayate, Finca Colome (2,300 metres) surrounding the winery, El Arenal (2,600 metres) and Altura Maxima (3,111 metres). Both El Arenal and Altura Maxima are located in the Payogasta area. Grapes grown at high altitudes have thicker skins in order to protect them from the intense ultraviolet rays. As a result, the wines have more colour, aroma, flavours and antioxidants from the increased phenolics. The altitude also contributes to a wide diurnal temperature range of more than 20C. The warmth of the day ripens the grapes and the coolness of the night preserves acidity and fragrance. Torrontes is the signature white variety of Argentina and is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and the Mission grape of Galicia. It thrives in Salta, where the climate is cooler. The Bodega Colome Torrontes is grown using the pergola system at very low yields to ensure good concentration of aromas and flavours. The Bodega Colome Malbec is hand harvested into small 12 kilogram boxes. Half of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in French barrels and 100% of the wine is aged for 15 months in oak, both new and second use. Colome Autentico - a pure expression of Malbec - is sourced from their 90-year-old vineyards at 2,300 metres above sea level. Fruit for the Altura Maxima Malbec is sourced from the single vineyard of the same name, the highest vineyard in South America at 3,111 metres above sea level. These extreme conditions have produced a powerfully aromatic and intense wine which is one of the finest examples of premium Malbec in the country.