Primum Cabernet Sauvignon

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Salentein, Bodegas
Primum Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationValle de Uco
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  • 90 Points
    Planet Grape Wine Reviews January 2019
BackgroundIn the remote upper reaches of Argentina's Uco Valley on the eastern slopes of the Andes, Bodegas Salentein produces a remarkable collection of wines from vineyards planted at some of the highest elevations on the planet. From this lofty outpost, 65 miles south of the bustling city of Mendoza, Argentina's winemaking capital, Bodegas Salentein (Sah-len-tyne) has forged an international reputation for its fine wines. Each year, growing numbers of curious wine lovers are drawn to this spectacular location, intent on discovering and experiencing the beauty and ethos of Bodegas Salentein for themselves. Bodegas Salentein is a wine destination like no other. Established in the late 1990s, Salentein is a privately-owned estate of almost 5,000 acres, of which 1,124 acres are planted to vine. The property includes a world-class winery and cellars, a 125-acre nature preserve, the showpiece Killka Center for Culture and the Arts, a nearby lodge (the Posada Salentein, offering an elegant and relaxed retreat into nature), and the landmark Chapel of Gratitude, a non-denominational chapel of ascetic loveliness, built using ancient local stonework techniques.
VinificationGrapes were hand-harvested, clusters were carefully selected, then 50% of the fruit fermented in 225-litre first use French oak barrels. The rest of the fermentation was performed in 7,000-litre oak casks. Prefermentative cold maceration was carried out at 10/12 degrees Celsius. Fermentation was performed by using active dry yeast at a temperature between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius. Once post fermentative maceration was over, wine was devatted and immediately racked to oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation took place. The oak ageing time was 18 months.
ColorIntense ruby color with deep bluish hues
NoseIn the nose, it is delicate and complex with aromas reminiscent of blackcurrant combined with notes of licorice and black pepper
PalateIn the mouth, it is intense with notes of black fruits and peppers. It displays good body as well as firm, rounded and pleasant tannins
AnalysisAlcohol: 14.5 %pH: 3.64RS: 2.43 g/LTA: 6.15 g/L