Los Cerezos Single Vineyard Malbec

Los Cerezos Single Vineyard Malbec

  • Gualtallary, Valle de Uco, 
  • Mendoza, 
  • argentina

Latest Awards

  • 93 points Wine Enthusiast , April 2024
  • 93 points Vinous , September 2022

In the remote upper reaches of Argentina's Valle de Uco 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 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. 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 relaxing retreat into nature), and the landmark Chapel of Gratitude, a non-denominational chapel of ascetic loveliness, built using ancient local stonework techniques. Malbec grapes are sourced from Salentein's Los Cerezos Vineyard, The Cherry Trees, named for its location at the foot of an old cherry plantation.


Los Cerezos vineyard is located at 1,430 masl in the higher area of Gualtallary IG. The climate is cool with a wide thermal amplitude, and the soil is rocky with an abundance of calcium carbonate.

Winemaking & Aging

Grapes were hand-harvested and carried to the winery in 400-kg plastic bins, followed by cluster selection and destemming. 80% of the volume was fermented in 225 liters oak barrels and the remaining 20%, in 7,000 liters oak casks. Cold maceration was carried out at 50-54°F. Fermentation was carried out using active dry yeast at 82-86°F. Punch-down fermentation occurred in barrels. Punch-down and pump-over fermentation, as well as rack and return occurred in casks. After post-fermentation maceration, the wine was racked and transferred to French oak casks where malolactic fermentation took place and aged for 16 months.

Tasting Notes

Intense deep red. Complex aromas of black fruits and floral notes. The palate has a good structure with very fine tannins, chalky texture, notes of black fruits and pepper supported by refreshing acidity, and a lingering finish.


Violets and pink pepper accentuate the aromatic character of this vibrant Malbec. It features an elegant texture and firm palate. Rich flavors of nutmeg, mulberries, strawberries and rosemary feel integrated and fresh. Enjoy now through 2033. Palm Bay International. —J.V.

Wine Enthusiast - April 2024


The 2018 Malbec Salentein Single Vineyard Viñedo Los Cerezos from Gualtallary, Uco Valley was aged for 16 months in used barrels. Purple in the glass. The liqueur-like aromatic profile presents sour cherry and country herbs along with jammy notes and open hints from the aging process. This is a potent, energetic red with finely grained tannins and good tension; the palate delivers profound flavor. -J.H. 

Vinous - September 2022


Gualtallary, Valle de Uco

grape varieties

100% Malbec



technical details
  • ABV: 14.50%
  • TA: 5.9 g/l
  • RS: 1.8 g/l
  • Ph: 3.75
  • Closure: Cork
  • Vegan

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