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Valle Perdido

text and photographs © 2008 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Argentina.

white wines

Valle Perdido Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Bottled in screwcap. Fresh tropical nose, with nicely judged herbaceousness, and a hint of waxiness on the palate very bright and fresh, with a nice tang of acidity, and a very juicy, citrus character. 86/100. Approx £5 - £6

Valle Perdido Chardonnay Roble 2007
Very big, toasty nose, with plenty of oak showing, over lightly tropical fruit. Very good mouthfeel, and bursting with ripe tropical fruit, but excellent lemon acidity that gives this fine freshness and tang. 88/100. £6.00

red and rosé wines

Valle Perdido Malbec Rosé 2007
Direct pressed (not saignee). Quite a deep, vibrant crimson, with cherry fruit and a touch of lipsticky quality. Palate is perhaps a touch dilute and drying, with nice fruit quality and a touch of residual sweetness. 85/100. £5.00

Valle Perdido Pinot Noir 2006
A proportion is lightly oaked. Quite fragrant and pleasantly smoky, with light cherry fruit. Quite a nice palate, with a nice sense of freshness. Cherry fruit with a little earthy background, and very pleasant texture and delicate spiciness. 86/100. £6 - £7

Valle Perdido Malbec 2006
Nine months in barrels and staves. 60% French oak is certainly quite dominant, but there's a very nice coffee and charry toast quality. The palate has a rich, ripe, very juicy and glossy black fruit of good quality. Nicely balanced, with a tiny touch of dryness to the finish, but very nice wine indeed. 88/100. £7.49

Valle Perdido Cabernet Merlot 2006
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% merlot spending nine months in contact with oak (part staves, but 60% French in barrels). Very nice wine, with a glossy, deep, full blackcurrant nose, a tiny edge of bloody and earthy minerality. The palate is quite dry, with a savoury juiciness, maybe not quite the vivid, pure appeal of the Malbec and slightly drying tannins, but another very good wine. 87/100. £7.49

Valle Perdido Malbec Reserva 2006
From a densely planted vineyard, it spends 14 months in new French barriques, a tank sample having been blended one month ago. Beautifully sweet, fulsome, rounded nose of deep, velvety black fruit. Oak is very nicely integrated. The palate has a very fine, silky, concentrated character without any inkiness the fruit is sweet and full, and whilst the tannins are a touch dry, the balance is excellent and the depth of fruit and smoky, spicy oak support makes for a sumptuous but balanced wine. 89/100. £8.99

Valle Perdido Cubas Patagonia 2006
Two years in large wooden cuves, this will be the top wine of the estate, though not yet bottled. 6,000 bottles that may sell for around £14.99. Very fragrant, cherry and floral-touched glossy black fruit, but there's and elegance and restraint too, with cedary notes. Lovely fruit purity, with a real sense of minerality coming through. 90/100.

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