Casarena Jamilla Single Vineyard Malbec 2018
Casarena Jamilla Single Vineyard Malbec is a faithful expression of the diversity in Luján de Cuyo. Deep yet bright purple-red colour. Red plum and cherry aromas fill the nose, with subtle floral and tobacco layers soon following. Its fresh character, light texture, fine tannins and bright acidity typify the medium to full-bodied palate. Outstanding concentration of red plum, cherry and raspberry fruit flavours with support from tobacco, vanilla spice and subtle molasses nuances.
100% Malbec. Casarena’s Single Vineyard wine collection showcases the great soil potential in the Luján de Cuyo region, and is the result of extensive research and development by the agroenological team at Casarena.
Jamilla vineyard is in Perdriel. The vineyard surrounds the Casarena winery building and sits at an altitude of 940 metres above sea level, with vines first planted in 1995. Its soils are made up of what used to be part of the Mendoza River and has the presence of boulders. The soil profile is made up of a first clay-loam layer, followed by a gravel layer and boulder in different sizes. These conditions allow the soil to have a better drainage.
Following harvesting, the grapes go through a double hand selection process. After a careful destemming, the fruit performs a cold maceration with whole berries. To assure a maximum aromatic expression, vinification starts with a natural alcoholic fermentation at low temperatures. The wine then goes through spontaneous malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. Remains in the same barrels for 12 months maturation before natural clarification and bottling.
Ageing potential: 15+ years.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
This is a selection of Malbec plots from the Jamilla vineyard, planted around 1995 on sandy and stony soils, alluvial terraces of the Mendoza River. Unlike many Perdriel malbecs, this is a wine with a very fresh character, full of red fruits and slight floral touches. The texture is light, but at the same time nervous, with very fine tannins supporting the fruit flavors. A delicious, intense wine with very good acidity and a herbal finish; a new look at Perdriel.
Very perfumed with sweet berries and cherries and some mineral undertones. Medium body, fine tannins and a yummy finish. Drink now.
– Luis Gutiérrez
Produced with fruit from their Perdriel estate, the 2018 Malbec Jamilla’s Vineyard from the single-vineyard range felt like a step up over the 2016 I tasted in my previous article on Argentina. It’s relatively low in alcohol (13.5%) and has good freshness and integration of the oak, despite the barrels being 100% new. 2018 was a classical Mendoza year, dry and warm, and delivered a healthy crop. This vineyard is very balanced, and it shows in the wine. 9,500 bottles were filled in June 2019.