Norton Porteño Malbec 2021

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This luscious Malbec has aromas of violets, strawberries and black cherries, leading to a smooth, full-bodied palate with a hint of peppery spice.

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Winery: Norton

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Norton has 680 hectares of vineyard in production, minutely mapped and divided into parcels so that the individual varieties, clones and training methods suit the soil in each. Minimal treatments are used in the vineyards, which are run along virtually organic lines. All the grapes are hand picked.

The inspiration for this wine comes from the traditional street art called "Filete Porteño", which reflects the passion and culture of the city of Buenos Aires at the beginning of the twentieth century.

The must was fermented for seven days at 25ºC, using only natural yeast. Malolactic was also 100% natural, and no oak was used – the wine was bottled relatively early as a pure varietal expression.

 
Data sheet
Vintage 2021
Alcoholic strength 13.5%
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Subregion Luján de Cuyo
Grapes Malbec 100%
Body D
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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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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