I was recently introduced to a new Argentine wine importer Cupari Wines. They specialize in importing boutique and family-owned winery wines. They source all of their wines from independent wine makers, seeking the best from these small producers. Cupari sell their wines online and have a really lovely selection available at very reasonable prices.
I received a mixed case from them the other day to taste what they have on offer. The first bottle I pulled out of the box was a Malbec from the producer Monte Quieto. Looking at Cupari’s website, they really do go through a lot of effort to get to know the producers and each one has a mini-bio of how they came to be and their philosophy behind their wine making.
I liked Monte Quieto straight away because they are a young couple with a growing family who happen to love wine and are devoting their life to one among the vines. They even chart the growth of the vineyard with the birth of each of their children. They have 4 now so I imagine it must be hard work with that and the vineyards, but the wines don’t suffer at all. I don’t know about the kids but they seemed happy in the pics!
Anyway, the Quieto Malbec 2010 comes from three distinct parcels that they have in the Uco Valley and Lujan de Cujo, both regions known for their Malbecs. All three vineyards are located at different altitudes with their own unique microclimates so the winemaker is able to create a wine combining the characteristics of each place to create something completely different.
I could definitely taste the quality in the Quieto 2010: complex but delicate at the same time; it was no fruit bomb that’s for sure. It was a balanced wine with equal parts deep black fruit flavours, good acidity and a smooth roundness on the palate. It has 14.5% alcohol but it was not apparent on either the nose or the palate. This wine punches well above its weight, retailing for £9.95 on the Cupari website.
I can’t wait to try the rest of the wines; if they are as good as this one, I will certainly be ordering from them soon.