Single Vineyard Malbec La Pampa Estate

Single Vineyard Malbec La Pampa Estate

  • San Pablo, Valle de Uco, 
  • Mendoza, 
  • argentina

Latest Awards

  • 93 points Wine Enthusiast , April 2024
  • 93 points James Suckling , February 2023

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.


The grapes were sourced from our La Pampa 1997 Estate, situated at 1,300 masl in the San Pablo GI, Uco Valley. This vineyard was planted in 1997 with ungrafted massal selection vines, and has been trellis-trained with vertical shoots and drip-irrigated with pure Andes Cordillera meltwater. The sandy soil has a great prevalence of limestone-encrusted stones. The vineyard is sustainably managed.

Winemaking & Aging

Grapes were hand-harvested and carried to the winery in 400-kg plastic bins. Cluster selection and de-stemming was performed. For fermentation, 24 percent of the must was transferred to 7,000-litre oak foudres and 76 percent to stainless steel tanks. Cold pre-fermentation maceration was made at 10 – 12 ºC. The fermentation at 28 – 29 °C was initiated with selected yeasts, and remontage, délestage, and pigéage were employed. Upon completion of post-fermentation maceration, the wines were racked and transferred to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The total period of maceration was approximately 20 days. The wine was aged in oak for 16 months.

Tasting Notes

Bright and intense red color with purple hues. Fresh on the nose with a complexity from combined balsamic and flora notes. Very vibrant in the mouth, juicy with good texture and a lingering finish.


The 2019 Malbec Salentein Single Vineyard Viñedo La Pampa 1997 from San Pablo, Uco Valley was aged for 16 months in used barrels. A dense purple in the glass. The nose presents expressive notes of fresh plum, violets and mint with subtle cedar aromas. Intense in the mouth with a juicy, taut texture and a little grip, the flow is teased into a long finish. The 2019 is a rich, impressive wine. -J.H. 

Vinous - September 2022


Delicate aromas of violet are followed by bright red-fruit aromas on this structured Malbec. Lively acidity and a chalky texture contribute to the wine’s vibrant character. It has tart berry flavors accompanied by black pepper and a hint of nutmeg. The finish is fruity forward, with a touch of oregano in the aftertaste. Palm Bay International. —J.V.

Wine Enthusiast - April 2024


Full-bodied red with mocha, dried blueberries, chai, charcoal and stewed black plums on the nose. Some iodine. Rich and chewy, yet the firm tannins are well-integrated. Layered and complex. Savory at the end. Vegan. Drink or hold.

James Suckling - February 2023


The 2019 Single Vineyard Malbec La Pampa was sourced from the estate vineyard in Los Árboles at 1,300 meters in altitude. The vineyard was planted in 1997 with an ungrafted massal selection at 2,500 plants per hectare on alluvial soils from the Las Tunas River in San Pablo. The wine has very good balance and harmony, varietal character and good freshness from a cool place in a cool year. It's tasty and has a soft mouthfeel and a dry finish. -L.G.

Wine Advocate - November 2022


San Pablo, Valle de Uco

grape varieties

100% Malbec



technical details
  • ABV: 15%
  • TA: 5.8 g/l
  • RS: 2 g/l
  • Ph: 3.75
  • Closure: Cork
  • Vegan

Jose Galante

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