Malbec 2015

EL ENEMIGO

Malbec
2015

$39.06*

* Suggested retail price

38 case(s) available

Product code
251496
Format
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Speculative
Status
Available
Country
Argentina
Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Region
Mendoza
Subregion
Lujan de Cuyo
Varietal(s)
Malbec 93 %
Petit Verdot 7 %
Color
Red
Sugar
Dry
Closure type
Cork
Winery's website

About this winery

El Enemigo, “the enemy”. The struggle that most defines us in our lives is the one that we wage with our selves. We are all our own worst enemies. This is the credo behind the name on the label. The wines of El Enemigo are enigmatic, charismatic, and verging on iconoclastic. In that way the wines reflect their maker, Alejandro Vigil, an almost Picasso-like personality. “Ale”, as he is known, is the head winemaker at the iconic Bodega Catena Zapata, but he has many loves. He consults,...

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Notes about product

100% Malbec grapes from Gualtallary, Tupungato at a 1470m/ 4822ft elevation. Calcareous, Deep- Calcareous. Rocky soil.

Winemaking notes

Wild yeast fermentation with a maximum temperature at 29º C / 84º F for 20 days, with 30 days of maceration. The wine is then aged 15 months in 100 year old foudre.

Press reviews

Tim Atkin MW

- 94 points -

May 2018

Marrying Malbec with 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, this hails from cool (in both senses of the word) Gualtallary. Strikingly perfumed, with violet and graphite aromas, fine tannins, savoury blackberry fruit and skilfully handled oak.

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James Suckling

- 92 points -

April 2018

A juicy and fruity red with dark berries and salt. Fresh herbs. Medium body, linear and refined with very polished tannins. Fruity and straight up but with tension.

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Vinous

- 90 points -

Stephen Tanzer, July 2018

(13.5% alcohol; winemaker Alejandro Vigil vinified this wine, as well as his Bonardas, with about 30% whole clusters, vs. 50% for his vineyard-designated Cabernet Francs): Bright medium ruby. Tight, reserved scents of blackberry, licorice, violet and rose petal, with a whiff of leathery rusticity; showed riper, even slightly roasted fruits with aeration. Concentrated and refined on the palate, displaying surprising calcaire-driven energy and definition to its flavors of red and black berries and spices. Harmonious acidity and chalky floral lift give this ripe-but-dry wine a light touch (I'd even describe it as almost Pinot-like). Finishes with firm, gripping, slightly dry-edged tannins.

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Wine Advocate

93+ POINTS

June 2018

Fermented with full clusters, the 2015 El Enemigo Malbec feels a bit closed and has a reductive personality, so decanting in advance could be a good idea. It's taken from four hectares in the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary and was co-fermented with a bit of Cabernet Franc. This is a serious, subtle and mineral Malbec, with some austerity and a nicely textured palate. This is a serious red, only eclipsed by the Gran Enemigo bottlings. It's not really about the variety, even though it has the best Malbec grapes, as they do not have any other pure Malbec; it's mineral and precise, vertical and very fresh...

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