Norton Altura Malbec 2019

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Norton Altura Malbec displays a remarkable intensity of fruit, combining flavours of damsons and mulberries, offset by complex mineral and earthy notes. The medium to full-bodied palate is resplendent with velvety smooth tannins which coat the mouth, alongside a vibrant seam of acidity which runs through to a spicy finish.

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Winery: Norton

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The grapes come from vineyards in the foothills of the Uco Valley, planted on alluvial and sandy soils. Minimal treatments are used in the vineyards, which are run along virtually organic lines. All the grapes were hand picked at the begining of April.

After a three-day cold maceration, the must was fermented in small concrete vats at 24ºC. Malolactic was 100% natural, and the wine was aged for twelve months in second-fill French oak barrels.

In October 2021 Decanter wrote "Explosion of powerful, ripe forest fruits, herbs and violets with fine-grained tannins."

 
Data sheet
Vintage 2019
Alcoholic strength 14.5%
Awards 92pts, Decanter, 2021
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Subregion Uco Valley
Grapes Malbec 100%
Body D
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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Norton

In 1885, the Buenos Aires to Mendoza railway opened, cementing the significance of this emerging wine-growing region high in the Andean foothills. One visitor to Mendoza, an English engineer called Edmund Norton, was so struck by the beauty and potential he saw there that he established a winery bearing his name, and in 1895 planted the first vines in Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo district.

Almost a century later, Gernot Langes-Swarovski was similarly struck by Mendoza and its vineyards; in 1989, he acquired Bodega Norton and set about transforming it into the world-renowned winery it is today. Both men rightly recognized the special nature of the area. At 900-1100 metres, the altitude moderates the temperature while exposing the vines to more ultraviolet light. The result is whites packed with vibrant flavour and good natural acidity, and well-structured, food-friendly reds.

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