Clos de Chacras Cavas de Crianza Malbec, 2017, Mendoza, Argentina
Fruit jab, tannin hook, structured uppercut. This terroir blend is a knockout.
A “terroir blend” combining grapes from four vineyards, like all the best Malbecs this is a one-two punch. BAM: you hit ‘em with the fruit on the palate, sweet and spicy and straight-up tasty. Then while they’re reeling, BOP: you hook ‘em with the ripe tannins and structured finish. A beautiful colour, deep red with violet tones. A real knockout.
The Gargantini family arrived in Argentina from Switzerland at the end of the 19th century. Don Bautista Gargantini ran a successful wine business, but over time his fortunes waned. His three wineries switched hands a few times and eventually were abandoned in the 70s. In 1987, Bautistaå«s granddaughter, Silvia Gargantini, bought one of the wineries to take back the family business and honour his work. Silvia and her husband Alejandro Genoud restored the building while preserving the original architecture. Their work, and the work of their families, represent the message they intended to pass on to new generations: love for their land and its fruits.
BY HUMBLE GRAPE
At Humble Grape, we believe wine is for sharing & that each wine-drinker should be allowed to build their own version of their world wine. We seek out hand-crafted wines made by people with love, & import them directly. Small, family-run producers get the representation they deserve, & customers only pay for the wine they’re drinking, with no agents, importers or distributors. And as they’re made with loving care, all these wines are biodynamic, organic or come from sustainable vineyards. As many of the wines we list are small-batch, our wine list of approx 400 wines is living & updated frequently.
What we bring to the wine drinker is a selection of wines that represent stepping out of the supermarkets, & in return they get to know our “Hero Producers”. Hero producers are winemakers that we import directly & exclusively to the UK. They personally work closely with our staff to keep them train about what is happening in the vineyard & in the winery, & how we can best uphold their ethos. They are all small production, family-run, as well as run biodynamic, organic and/or sustainable farms. They visit us quite often, collaborating in winemaker dinners & guest meet & greets.