Monday, 5 May 2014

TN : DiamAndes Gran Reserva 2008, Bodegas DiamAndes, Clos de los Siete, Uco Valley, Argentina

This wine is a blend of 66% Malbec, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Syrah, and 3% Petit Verdot. This wine received 91 points from Wine Spectator (issue September 30th 2013).

In 2005, the Bonnie family, owner of the renowned Château Malartic-Lagravière (Grand Cru Classé de Graves) and of the Château Gazin Rocquencourt (Pessac-Léognan), decided to leave France. It all began with the acquisition, along with their partners, of a single 130-hectares (321 acres) block of land in the heart of the Uco Valley, to the south of the city of Mendoza. That is where Bodega DiamAndes was born, as a member of the prestigious Clos de los Siete group.

The name DiamAndes is a pun on the words “diamante” (Spanish for “diamond”) and “Andes” (the name of the mountains that provide a background to the estate). Alfred-Alexandre Bonnie came up with it one day as he was enjoying a barbecue at Laguna del Diamante, in Mendoza. The reflection of the Maipo volcano on the lake made him associate the two words. The winery’s architecture is the work of Mendocinian Architects Mario Yanzón and Eliana Bórmida.

This wine was imported by Atrio Wine AB.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Coconut, violets, blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice

Taste : Blackberry, blackcurrant, plums, violets, coconut

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 300 SEK

Systembolaget Number : 95289

Mark : B-

Website : Bodegas DiamAndes

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