The Vinoble Malartic team of family-owned and run Chateau Malartic LaGraviere, Chateau Gazin Rocquencourt, Chateau Gazin Michote and DiamAndes Clos de los Siete have debuted the fruits of their Mendoza, Argentina harvest, with the stylish Perlita series, and the higher end DiamAndes de Uco label.
The Bonnie family of Bordeaux wine fame collaborated with six other distinguished Bordeaux wine producers to establish the Clos de los Siete in the Uco Valley. The Bodega DiamAndes along the Andes Mountains is the latest addition to the Vinoble Malartic group of vineyards.
The Bodega gets its name from the mountain’s diamond shaped reflection off the water. The Uco Vally is ideal terrain for wine production. The location of the vineyard at elevated altitudes of 1500 meters, combination of gravel, clay and sand soil composition as well as consistently moderate climate make it conducive to the cultivation of Malbec.
Nature has given DiamAndes the optimal base for producing fine wines. But it still takes skill, superior methods of production and experience. This is where the Bonnie family’s expertise, derived in part from generations of wine cultivation, come into play. Grapes are picked and doubled sorted by hand, cooled in cold storage and undergo a gravity process from vine to bottle.
The Perlita line is distinguished by a fashionable jacquard print label in candy cane stripe color combinations like lime green and white and pink and white. The wines tend to be fruit forward and round with broad appeal. Among these, the DiamAndes Perlita Chardonnay, Uco Valley, 2013 stands out. It is balanced and aromatic with subtle oak elements and pronounced ripe fruit flavors. It is a perfect choice for pairing with everything from tuna tartare to grilled octopus. The Chardonnay works equally well as an aperitif.
The DiamAndes de Uco Gran Reserva Mendoza 2008 deserves a spot on the wine list of any serious steakhouse. This blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits ripe cherry, blackberry and earthy notes, smooth and balanced tannins as well as a long well rounded finish. It pairs wonderfully with lamb chops, short ribs and choice prime cuts of beef.
Not surprisingly you can find the DiamAndes Perlita Chardonnay, Uco Valley, 2013 by the glass and the DiamAndes de Uco Gran Reserva Mendoza 2008 by the bottle at the historic Delmonico’s in Downtown New York City.
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