Saturday, March 9, 2019

Andeluna Tasting

Andeluna has fantastic views of the Andes. It is another ambitious winery. It has one large 80ha vineyard in the prime location of Gualtallary. The mid-range is the Altitud range (the vineyard sits at 1300m elevation. The Chardonnay delivers some ripe notes of banana and pineapple. The Malbec  shows some fruit complexity, but is a bit harsh in the mouth (both 88 points).

The top range is the Pasionado range. The 2015 Malbec is quite intense and needs more time for the tannins to soften (90 points). The 2016 Cabernet Franc, matured in used oak, has good complexity, with red berries, some eucalypt and bell peppers on the palate (92 points). The top wine is a 2015 Pasionado Blend, 50% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is matured in 100% new oak. It is a full bodied wine. The fruit can carry the oak, and the wine is well structured (92 points).

This winery does not quite reach the heights of Zuccardi, but the Pasionado range is well worth while seeking out.

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