Gran Vu Blend

Gran Vu Blend

  • Uco Valley, 
  • Mendoza, 
  • argentina

Latest Awards

  • 92 points Wine Advocate , June 2018
  • 92 points Wine Spectator , April 2018

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. 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. "Salentein Gran VU Blend represents the deep commitment that Bodegas Salentein has made in the Valle de Uco. This wine is the crowning glory of years of work and research in our quest to understand the terroir that we have identified and selected to produce the best wines in Argentina. Having taken this trajectory with grapes from many different regions of Mendoza, I am convinced that we have found the vineyards and varieties to perfect this blend. Gran VU Blend is a paean to the Valle de Uco and the wines of Argentina." - José Galante


Made from grapes from teh best rows in the El Oasis & La Pampa estates ranging from 3,445-5,237 f.a.s.l.

Winemaking & Aging

Grapes were hand-harvested early morning and immediately sent to the winery. Cluster selection was performed. The Malbec was fermented in first-use French oak barrels and the Cabernet Sauvignon in 7,000-liter oak casks. Active dry yeast was used in fermentation between 82-86 degrees F. Once post-fermentative maceration is over, wine is devatted and immediately racked in oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation takes place. After 6 months of aging in barrels, wine is racked to make the blend; then back to the oak barrels to finish its aging process. Total aging is 24 months.

Tasting Notes

Intense and deep burgundy red color. Aromas of black fruit, aniseed, licorice, and mint. Well-structured and ripe tannins. Full-bodied with a long lingering finish.


The 2013 Gran VU Blend is 62% Malbec and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon (higher in Cabernet than the previous years) from their vineyards in the Valle de Uco (VU). The Malbec fermented in brand new 225-liter French oak barriques with dry yeasts, while the Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in 7,000-liter oak vats with dry yeasts. Malolactic was in barrique, where the wine completed 24 months of aging. It feels like a wine from a different era: it has dominant aromas of toast and is very oaky, smoky and spicy, with ripe fruit and especially a very tannic palate, with a powdery texture. It's a bit harsh even after a good couple of years in bottle. It does have some freshness from the conditions of the vintage. An oaky red for fans of the style. 6,514 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2015.

Wine Advocate - June 2018


Polished and full of richly spiced dark and red fruit flavors that feature some meaty accents. Offers seductive creaminess, with a finish that oozes with raspberry tart and dark chocolate notes. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022. 530 cases made.  –KM

Wine Spectator - April 2018


Uco Valley

grape varieties

62% Malbec, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon



technical details
  • ABV: 15%
  • TA: 5.93 g/l
  • RS: 215 g/l
  • Ph: 3.73
  • Closure: Cork
  • Vegan

Jose Galante

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