Numina Malbec

Numina Malbec

  • Valle de Uco, 
  • Mendoza, 
  • argentina

Latest Awards

  • 90 points Wine Enthusiast , April 2023
  • 90 points Wine Spectator , November 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.


40% of the grapes were sourced from El Oasis estate (1,150 m.a.s.l). 60% were sourced from La Pampa estate (1,250 m.a.s.l). The sandy loam soil has a few stones on its surface that increase in number starting at a depth of 50cm, where calcium deposits also begin to appear.

Winemaking & Aging

Grapes were handpicked and transported in 400-pound bins; clusters were then selected and destemmed. The must underwent cold maceration at 46º-50°F for 4-5 days. For vinification, 15% of the grapes were transferred to 1,849-gallon foudres and 85% to various-sized stainless steel tanks. Fermentation was performed at a controlled temperature of 82º-84°F, with 60% initiated with selected dry yeasts and 40% with indigenous or wild yeasts. Pump over, rack, and return and punch down techniques were employed during fermentation. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine macerated for an additional 8-12 days, after which it was racked and transferred to oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. After six months, the component wines were blended and then returned to barrels for aging. The total aging time in French oak was 14 months.

Tasting Notes

Vivid violet-red color. Floral aromas, highlighted by violet and earthy notes, combined with hints of blackcurrant. Juicy in the mouth with notes of tobacco leaf and a long finish.


The 2020 Malbec Numina comes from Los Árboles and San Pablo, Uco Valley and was aged for 14 months in French barrels. Purple in hue. The aromas feature coconut, cedar, fresh plum and a hint of blackberry. Indulgent, broad and grippy with a juicy flow, it handles with warm year with balanced grace and flavor. -J.H. 

Vinous - September 2022


Raspberries, plums, cloves and rose hips on the nose. Some orange zest and figs, too. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a supple, juicy and ripe palate. Sweet spice notes on the finish. Drink now.

James Suckling - May 2022


Well-crafted around a core of smooth, textured blueberry, tobacco and herbs, with nice mineral lift pushing all the flavors onto the finish, where a detail of caramel lingers against fine tannins. Drink now. 18,575 cases made. –A.R. 

Wine Spectator - November 2022


The nose reveals aromas of tart cherry and plum. Mineral-textured, the palate offers cherry, blackberry and plum with hints of bay leaf. Oak spice flavors are potent but still pleasant. Lively acidity provides freshness and leads to a long finish. Palm Bay International. —J.V.

Wine Enthusiast - April 2023


Valle de Uco

grape varieties

100% Malbec



technical details
  • ABV: 15%
  • TA: 5.8 g/l
  • RS: 2 g/l
  • Ph: 3.68
  • Closure: Cork
  • Vegan

Jose Galante

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