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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Attollo 'The Black Wine' Malbec 2007

Julian Scott is the Winery Manager for Flametree Wines, also making his own wines under the Attollo label.  This is Julian's first wine from 2007.

Malbec is one of the permitted varieties of Bordeaux, is a marginal variety at best there nowadays, is the key variety in Cahors and has really made a name for itself in Argentina.  Increasingly being found in Australia, where in dry and warm climates it gives dark, damsony perfumed wines.

This example shows one such qualitative indicator, the lovely lifted violet accent.  Supplemented by notes of cherry and blackberry; further enhanced by leafy, leathery, fresh turned sod notes.  Entry shows a wine that is smooth, there's the freshening presence of a good core of fruit, followed by cedary wood.  Tannin, ripe emery board tannin, pleasingly raspy, with a curious savoury-sweet mix providing a generous finish.  Impressive wine, a wine of detail.  Oh and the name? Attollo is a Latin term meaning: "to lift up, excite".  Does it for me.  93 - Very Good    

Source: Sample
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: This sample: Screwcap, 125 6 packs under cork available too.
Website: n/a, but you can eMail Julian here


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