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Obvio Malbec 2010

ID No: 10466
Country:Argentina
Region:Mendoza
Winery:Obvio
Grape Type:Malbec
Vintage:2010
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Acidity: 5,7 g/l
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Fermented with natural yeast, macerated for 28 days.

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Product Description

Obvio Malbec 2010 is made from 100 percent Malbec

This carefully crafted Malbec from San Carlos, Valle de Uco, encapsulates the vibrancy and soul of Argentinean life. Obvio´s Malbec excites the eye with its deep violet tones and tangoes on the palate with an array of red and black fruits. This is an easy drinking style of wine to be enjoyed on all occasions, and excellent when paired with meats, pasta and hard cheeses.

Winery: Obvio

The Obvio Estate
Viña Obvio is a brand new venture inspired by the typicity of the main grape varietals of the Valle de Uco. Its founder Richard James, a Welshman with ten years experience in the Argentine wine business and a judge in some of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions, has joined forces with British and Argentine investors to produce export quality wines.
Individuality, quality, value for money and a powerfully entertaining and eye-catching concept is what the company wants to achieve.

The
Obvio Vineyard
Argentina is characterized by its wide valleys and sloping plains which dominate the country’s wine producing regions, whose main attributes are altitude and natural purity (the diseases that usually affect vines are not frequent in this region because of its dry climate). All vineyards are located in unpolluted places, far away from population centers.
Mendoza is the most important wine-producing province in Argentina, producing more than 80% of Argentina’s wine. Well inside the first mountainsides of the Andes’ foothills, the Uco Valley presents the highest altitudes at which wines are produced in the province of Mendoza: up to 1,400 meters (4,593 feet) above sea level.  The reasons why this region is so coveted are its thermal amplitude and high solar radiation levels. The combination of these factors results in slow and balanced ripening cycles. Thus, both white and red varieties give forth their primary varietal characteristics.

 

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