Mendel Winery embodies the partnership of one of Argentina’s most respected and experienced winemakers, Roberto de la Mota, with an established Argentine family. Together they are dedicated to producing wines of unquestionable superior quality expressing the quality and character of their very old Malbec and Cabernet vineyards in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. They choose the best lots from their vineyards, and pay rigorous attention to every detail of the artisan winemaking process: from selecting parcels and picking grapes to fermentation in small tanks and aging wines in the finest French oak. Ancient vineyards, passionate people, experience and friendship are blended to create Mendel's remarkable wines.
Dark, rich and intensely flavoured with hints of dark forest fruits, black cherry, spice and in harmony with the freshness and oak that wrap around the fruit.
Perfect with Cassoulet and other pork and bean dishes.
Robert de la Mota, the head winemaker at Mendel, uses only the ripest grapes from the high altitude vineyards, thus preserving the natural sugars, phenolic characters and freshness of acidity which are key to Lunta. Warm fermented on skins in tank with multiple pump-overs and the use of pressing wine to add richness and pepper spice. Bottled after 6 months in used French oak, which adds a light dusting of vanilla oak that in no way takes away from the elegant red and black fruits and subtle spice notes.
Bronze Medal, Sommelier Wine Awards, 2019. Andrew Jefford, "What I've been drinking this month", Decanter February 2021: "The wine's aromatic refinement (savoury yet honeyed, with sweet leather and scrub herbs), delicacy of texture and fruit softness was refreshingly different from the powerful and somtimes oaky Mendoza norm."