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Perpetuum Malbec 2011

Before the holidays, I received
Posted 29th January 2013        

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Before the holidays, I received a box of wines from Cupari Wines. I tried one of the Malbecs they had sent and found it to be a  very enjoyable wine. You can read my review here on

I was away for the holiday season, in sunny Thailand, but now that I am back, I find the lure of a big red wine irresistible. And happily, I have this box of Argentine wines from which to dip into and see what I get. So, with much anticipation, I stuck my hand into the box and wrapped my fingers around the first bottle. Drat! It was a white. Okay, save that one for a another day. One more time.

This time I grabbed a red: a tall bottle of Malbec. The label looked nice; that’s one thing you have to say about these Argentines, they often have very classy labels. The Perpetuum Premium 2011 Malbec from Gimenez Riili has a very clean label with a little bit of fancy script to gives it a certain sophistication.

The Gimenez Riili families have been in Argentina since the turn of the 20th century and have always been involved in wine production. The Riili family first settled in Mendoza in 1890 in the Guaymallen region where they produced wine in traditional 10-gallon arboys. The Gimenez family meanwhile settled in Maipu in 1905 but didn’t start cultivation of wine grapes until 1945. The families came together with the marriage of Eduardo Gimenez and Susana Riili.

The two had five sons and it was their sons who took the family into premium wine production, building a new winery in the Uco Valley. They produce a couple of ranges of wine and the Perpetuum range was designed to perpetuate the tradition of winemaking in the family. The 2011 Perpetuum Malbec is made from 100% Malbec, from vineyards in the Uco and Maipu Valleys.

The result, an intense fruity nose, loads of boysenberry and juicy blueberries on the nose, the palate showed a medium body but with velvety round tannins, a long deep dark fruit finish but a fine balance of acidity to the wine that keeps it from becoming cloying. This is a very warming wine and at 14% alcohol should help you get through these cold winter nights.

This wine is available from Cupari Wines for  £11.95.


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