Highlights: Ver Sacrum G.S.M Field Blend 2018 Los Chacayes, Mendoza

Eduardo Soler was inspired by the mountain Garnachas of Gredos, in Spain. In 2012 he began his own project in Mendoza, based on a 2011-planted vineyard in Los Chacayes (Uco Valley) and an older vineyard in Barrancas (Maipú). The goal of the project is to focus on the Mediterranean varieties that were neglected after the Malbec surge, but which suit the terroirs in Argentina very well. As well as Garnacha, other varieties include Monastrell, Roussanne, Marsanne, Syrah, Mencía, Carignan, Teroldego and Nebbiolo.

The wines are made in an early-picked, drinkable style with low intervention and no new oak character. This is their least-expensive wine, but it’s really impressive.

Ver Sacrum G.S.M Field Blend 2018 Los Chacayes, Uco Valley, Mendoza
13% alcohol. Bush vines. 70% Garnacha, 15% Monastrell, 15% Syrah, planted 2012. The grapes are co-fermented. First of all they have 8 days semi-carbonic maceration, then they are pressed to a 3000 litre unlined concrete egg for fermentation to complete for 20 days off skins, then the wine spends 8 months in old oak. There’s a bit of reduction on the nose, which shows bright berry fruits. The palate is juicy, light and bright with a vibrancy to it, as well as compact cherry and plum fruit. It’s a really pretty, drinkable wine with perhaps some latent seriousness under the currently quite simple fruit. The freshness, carbonic character and purity are all lovely. On day two it has shed the reduction and it’s silky and delicious. 93/100

UK agent: Las Bodegas

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