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The 2016 Aluvional Paraje Altamira has a subtle and elegant nose, nuanced and with very fine, chalky tannins, with grip and texture. It comes from the limestone-rich soils in their vineyards. It fermented in concrete with wild yeasts, with a higher proportion of full clusters than in warmer vintages (something they learned in 2016; before that, they thought they needed darker stems from higher ripeness) and 30% of the wine matured in barrique. It has structure and is very textured—the characteristic of this part of Altamira—and it has a savory, almost salty sensation in the finish. RP
A good marriage of food and wine ideally provides more pleasure than enjoying either one separately. As each of us have different sensitivities to various flavours and preferences, the definition of 'perfect pairing' varies, and this makes up the fun part of food and wine pairing.
I loved the 2018 Aluvional Paraje Altamira at first sight. There's a bit more of everything, more aromatic complexity, more flavor and definitely a lot more minerality in the texture and more finesse. They have removed the fat in the Aluvional range; the wines reflect the soils, and in vintages like 2018, there is a jump in precision and expression. There is texture, salinity, austerity and a long-lasting finish, something not easy to achieve with Malbec. This is superb. RP
Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira 2013
The nose is a mixture of aromatic herbs, violets, blueberries and blood oranges (a fresh sensation, almost citric, but somehow red fruit-driven). Precision, austerity and subtleness, with great inner strength. These wines feel light, but they are powerful and concentrated, more than you might think so. It certainly has the stuffing and balance to develop nicely in bottle. RP