Malbec 2017




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Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
MBLL - Specialty listing
Product type
Still wine
Regulated designation
Dénomination origine (DOC)
Lujan de Cuyo
Malbec 90 %
Cabernet Franc 10 %
Closure type
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


- 94 points -

October 2020

Made with grapes from Gualtallary and aged for 15 months in old foudres, this Malbec, mixed with 10% Cabernet Franc, is proof of the beauty of the combination: the Franc lends the Malbec greater discipline and depth. Bright purple in the glass. The nose offers fresh cherries and plums with aromas of thyme. Gentle in the mouth, delivering fine, subtle tannins that lend framework, all with a genial freshness that brings the flavours to life and pleasantly stretches out the slightly taut palate. A delicious wine.

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Tim Atkin MW

- 93 points -

May 2020

The El Enemigo Malbec contains 10% Cabernet Franc - Ale Vigil is a master at blending
the two varieties - and all comes from bony soils in Gualtallary in the upper part of the Uco Valley. Fermented with 50% whole bunches, this is all about fruit and flavour rather than wood, with real zip, freshness and vibrancy, chalky minerality and fine-grained tannins.

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Wine Advocate


October 2019

The 2017 El Enemigo Malbec has 10% Cabernet Franc and fermented with 50% full clusters and indigenous yeasts, then matured in oak foudres for 15 months. The oak is perfectly integrated into the fruit, and the wine comes through as floral and fruit-driven, elegant, with moderate ripeness, focused and clean flavors and very round tannins. It's long and tasty.

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