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2014 Versado Malbec

Deep, intense ruby-red colour with medium-to-full body. Vibrant, spice and red-fruit with subtle blueberry, floral aromatics and some savoury hints. Fabulous blackberry and black currant notes surround brighter red fruits. Complex, savoury elements give the palate excellent breadth while persistent flavours of ripe fruit culminate in a texture that has drag and a very lengthy finish. ~ Ann Sperling

Score: 92. "Dense purple in colour; cedary, tobacco, lightly peppery nose of plums with oak spice and a floral top note; full-bodied, dry, fruity and well-balanced with black fruit flavours and a firm structure." ~ Tony Aspler, tonyaspler.com

Score: 91. "Inky black in the glass, this blossoms with lifted aromas of floral notes, grilled herbs and mixed spice. It’s rich and sumptuous on the palate with flavours of black currant and dark cherry with both melding nicely with wisps of aromatic bitters. It’s framed by racy, lip-smacking acidity and underpinned by firm tannin. This showcases deft balance, complexity, depth and is just simply delicious. The finish lingers, you shouldn’t, pick up a few bottles; the price-quality balance tips in your favour. Aerate/decant two hours to enhance your imbibing pleasure." ~ Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com

Score: 90. "The same attention to detail and winemaking goes into the Versado entry-level wine as the top one, so this little beauty offers a snap shot of Malbec at its best. Very nice aromas of blackberries, plums, brambly raspberries, savoury spices and a certain earthiness. It’s quite thick and juicy on the palate with a fine balance between rich and savoury dark fruits, spice, tannins and balancing acidity on the finish." ~ Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com

Score: 90.  "Old, glacial irrigated vines at a not so insignificant 1000m of altitude are the source for Ann Sperling and Peter Gamble's Versado. the 2014 malbec is exceptionally floral, penetratingly spicy and deep into its own repentant terroir. The heights are assessed and acquiesced with great interest in malbec with an intensity of life like few other. It's a curious case of do I enjoy this now at its high tone stage or do I let it settle so that the flowers and the fruit are brought back down to the Lujàn de Cuyo earth? The easy way out is both. Done. Drink: 2020-2028. ~ Michael Godel, winealign.com

Score: 90. "Black spice and dark plum with attractive pepper and smoke on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Argentine red wine made from the country's flagship red grape Malbec. Perfect for meat lovers' pizza." ~ Natalie Maclean, www.nataliemaclean.com

MVC (Modal Varietal Character) / QPR (Quality/Price Ratio): 90 ~ Dean Tudor, GothicEpicures.blogspot.com

"Hand-picked in vineyards 1,000 metres above sea level, this Malbec is the handiwork of Canadian winemaking power couple Ann Sperling and Peter Gamble. It offers rich blackberry, blueberry and herbal notes neatly contoured by excellent structure. Pair it with herb-crusted steak and chimichurri." ~ Vintages panel


A year in the vineyard

As Canadians living with four distinct seasons, we find it normal to talk about the weather all-the-time and to think about its impact on the developing vineyards and eventual harvest. We have often remarked that when we catch up each season with our viticulturist, Sergio Rinaldi, it's amazing how he can remember the exact date, time and volume of each rainfall. But typically there are only a few in Mendoza each year, so they stand out and are memorable. The 2014 growing season is marked as memorable for its variable weather. The highlights include a "light spring frost" that made us very nervous, but in essence worked to naturally thin the crop. Resulting clusters were loose, allowing faster air-drying after rains which at times were more often than normally expected in Lujan de Cuyo.  February was cooler than normal, so ripening occurred at a slower pace, developing red and black fruits with freshness and no dehydrated berries. Thankfully our little vineyard was ready and harvested before the fall rains, resulting in wines that are of intense colour, freshness and spicy aromatics with floral elements mixing with red and black fruits and medium weight and good length on the palate. 


Availability

Ontario  

  • LCBO Vintages release:  Nov. 24, 2018 #317008
  • CRU Wine Merchants, Charles Baker, 905.401.1806

British Columbia

  • Revelry Imports,  Brian Berry and Michael Dinn, 604.347.8343

 

 

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