2013 Bodega Del Fin del Mundo Gran Reserva Red, Patagonia, Argentina
This Gran Reserva wine by Bodegas Del Fin del Mundo was made with fruit from the Patagonia wine region in the South of Argentina.
It is a selection of the winery’s best Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, blended in this 2013 vintage at Malbec 37%, Cabernet Sauvignon 24%, Merlot 21%, and Cabernet Franc 18%. The aging in French and American oak barrels of second use with medium toast and the presence of merlot variety intend to give roundness and elegance to this combination of grape varieties.
The wine was aged for 12 months in 70% French oak barrels and 30% American oak.
Wine Facts for 2013 Vintage
Alcohol: 14,7 % vol.
Residual Sugar: 1,5 gr/lt
Total Acidity: 5,55 gr/lt
This Gran Reserve Tinto comes in a very dark red color, nearly black to the core, a dark and intense red with purple hues to the rim.
The nose also feels deep. Ripe blackberry, strawberry jam, raspberry coulis. It’s filled with intense red berry flavors, of the ripe-to-jammy type, although it does feel lively overall.
Vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate, probably from the well-integrated oak, provide a suave aromatic profile. There is a wealth of white pepper, and a sense of spiciness coming through to the nose as well.
Lively, deep, and exciting to smell at!
Round palate with super-smooth tannins at first, complemented by a round, opulent and generous body. Jammy red berry flavors burst on your palate. Although, everything seems, and is, under control. This is not your over-the-top Argentinian red with too much richness going on. It is and feels opulent and rich, but also refined and relatively restrained.
The soft tannins turn a little granulous from the mid-palate on, providing character and grip.
This is a dry wine, but one that’s well balanced by the ripeness of the fruit characters and the abundance of sweet spices.
When to drink?
This dense and richly flavored red offers a lot already, in ways of both of refinement and talkative flavors. Yet, it feels like it is meant to be aged and to be allowed to develop further savory and spicy complexity. It will turn into a much more complete and deep wine with a few years more in bottle. It’d say give it 3 to 8 years (2020-2025), and see how it evolves from there and decide over further ageing or not.