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2013 Versado Reserva

The colour is a rich, opaque, dark ruby, still sporting some purple hints. The nose is an incredibly intense, complex mélange of licorice all-sorts and enticing black fruit. True to classic old vineyards on the higher altitudes of the ancient Mendoza River bed, with each swirl, captivating aromatics of earth and stone boulders emerge. These nuances of terroir continue on the palate, framing full-bodied expressions of late summer mulberries and black raspberry coulis, and extending into a long, rich, plush finish. ~ Ann Sperling

Score: 95."Another hit from Versado! Owner and winemaking consultant Peter Gamble and Ann Sperling, and chief winemaker Roberto de la Mota have created a blockbuster Argentine red for the 2013 vintage. Made from the iconic Malbec grape, this wine underwent a spontaneous fermentation, rather than one induced by the winemaker with specific yeasts. The wine was aged in oak barrels. This is another gorgeous red wine from Versado - this wine and these winemakers perform consistently well every year. Aromas of fleshy black fruit, dried herbs, spices and pepper. Pair with grilled lamb or braised beef. Drink: 2018-2024." ~ Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com

Score: 94. "All the wines now grown at the estate are organic and wild fermented in 100% concrete fermenters. This is such a thrilling and gorgeous wine that has the potential to get even better in the cellar (even though it is released in a very nice place already). If you want to taste Malbec at its peak of performance, this is the wine for you. The nose is just beautiful with ripe black currants, plums, summer flowers, blackberries, savoury and vanilla spices with just a hint of eucalypt and pencil shavings. In the mouth it is pure pleasure with deep, rich dark fruits, melt-in-your-mouth tannins, elegant spice notes, hints of cocoa and plenty of acidity to keep this popping through the finish. It’s a contemplative and wonderfully full-bodied red wine that will reward now right out of the bottle or deliver pleasure 5+ years down the road (maybe more)." ~ Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com

Score: 92. "Dense purple colour; plum bouquet with a barnyard note lifted with vanilla oak aromas; medium to full-bodied, richly extracted plum flavour and nicely balanced." ~ Tony Aspler, tonyaspler.com


A year in the vineyard

The 2013 season was warm-to-hot and long. The warm conditions in spring meant good flowering and full clusters, so despite our usual thinning regime, crop was slightly higher than normal.  Early predictions were for an early harvest, however some cooling off took place after veraison to lengthen and normalize the ripening period.  Quality was good to excellent with typical varietal flavours in full effect. The vineyard handling has resulted in three distinct batches meeting and exceeding our expectations for quality at each level. Since berry sorting was going so smoothly and with a very conscientious team, we included all levels for this treatment.


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  • LCBO Vintages release:  August 18, 2018  #316984

 

 

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