Ayni Malbec

2018 Ayni Malbec - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Ayni is a single-vineyard Malbec from Paraje Altamira aged in large foudres for 12 months. Deep purple in the glass. The nose offers herbs, blackberry and blueberry with sour cherry and a hint of stalk. Fragrant, with a firm palate, chalky tannins and mild freshness that energizes the wine in the mouth. The last gasp leaves traces of blackberry. An energetic, nuanced Malbec. - Joaquín Hidalgo"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2020), 92 pts

2018 Ayni Malbec - 97 PTS - PLATINUM - Decanter World Wine Awards

decanter platinum 97pts"Very perfumed floral nuances scented with some fresh herbaceous notes, slightly tangy mineral nose too. Lovely freshness and chalky tannins, nice follow through and well-textured. Great fruit purity, attractive use of oak."

- Decanter World Wine Awards 2020, 97 pts


2018 Ayni Malbec - 93 PTS - JS

james suckling logo 250"Love the blackberry, nutmeg, dried-flower, mushroom and graphite aromas that follow through to a full body with chewy tannins and a light, herb and spice hint at the finish. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (April 2nd 2020), 93 pts

2018 Ayni Malbec - 95 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Planted on the younger, southern side of Paraje Altamira on poor soils, this is an outstanding Malbec from the richly talented Gabriel Bloise. True to his philosophy of avoiding the use of small new oak barrels, it’s a large foudre-aged red with bright red berry fruit, granular tannins, a hint of anise aniseed and engaging palate length."
- Tim Atkin MW (March 2020), 95 pts

2017 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast"Ripe black-plum, berry and cassis aromas are topped with appealing oak. This is a fairly tight and fresh style of Malbec, weighing in at only 13% ABV. Black-fruit flavors are aided by toasty oak, while this finishes with hard tannins that stick to the cheeks. Drink through 2026. - MICHAEL SCHACHNER"
- Wine Enthusiast (February 2020), 91 pts

2017 Ayni Malbec - 91 PTS - WA

wa"The single-vineyard 2017 Ayni Malbec comes from paraje Altamira, and the wine was bottled with 13% alcohol and moderate acidity that made it feel soft but not bland, with enough freshness going through its core. Many wines are now matured in large oak containers, and that certainly helps with the integration of the oak with the fruit, as is the case here. The tannins are fine-grained, and the finish is dry and long. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2018. - Luis Gutiérrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 91 pts

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2017 Ayni Malbec - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(13% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Inky scents of blackberry, cassis, smoked peppers and chalky minerality. Enters the mouth with a refined texture and restrained sweetness, with its flavors of red and darker berries, salty minerality, pepper and spices conveying a slightly wild quality. I like this Malbec's light touch and inner-mouth verve. Less floral and more peppery and spicy than the Ayni Gravas bottling. Not hugely concentrated but quite savory and easy to drink. Spreads out nicely on the subtle, bone-dry finish, leaving no impression of weight. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (June 2019), 90 pts

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