Versado Malbec 2017
Following a very wet 2016 El Niño vintage, 2017 in Mendoza turned into a much more typically dry growing season. This junior partner in the tiny Versado lineup, a project by Canadian winemaking couple Sperling and Gamble, is wild fermented in concrete vats and made using 'very little' manipulation before aging in older French oak barrels. It has such an expressive nose of cassis, dark plums, some red berry and floral notes with subtle savoury spices. It's plush and ripe on the palate with complex layers of dark fruits, licorice, loamy/earthy notes and length through a lifted finish. A lovely drop that can be aged for 5+ years.