Maal, 'Rebelion', Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
This lovely winery which is up high along the eastern edge of the Andes mountains is Vista Flores, a tiny appellation within the Uco Valley, where winemaker Alfredo Merlo and grower Matias Fraga make MAAL wines, which simply stands for “Malbec As Alfredo Likes”. It’s all about Malbec for these guys, produced in varying styles and grown 900 - 1,350m above sea level. The majority of their fruit comes from Vista Flores, they also source small parcels from Luján de Cuyo, Altamira and Mendoza. The wine is aged in oak for 6 months, which means the wine has a wonderful taste of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with a touch of chocolate. Super soft tannins with a well-structured medium body and dark fruit coming from the nose.