Bodegas Caro / 2017 Aruma.

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89 Points / The Wine Advocate issue 237.
Bodegas Caro / 2015 Aruma

Country/Region: Argentina/Mendoza.

Grape Varieties: 100% Malbec.

ABV: 13.5%

Unit: 1 x 75cl Bottle.

VINEYARD ATTRIBUTES: Nestled at the foothills of the snowcapped Andes mountains, Mendoza is known as the best wine producing region in Argentina. With vines planted on high plateaux between 800 and 1200m above sea level, Mendoza’s vineyards are known as the highest in the world. Sheltered from the rain by the mountains to the West and the Pampa to the East, the region is very arid. Mendoza wines draw their character from an exceptional sun exposure and wide temperature variations between night and day. Aruma means the night in the language of the Quechua. This name expresses the intense darkness of the Andean nights and the depth of colour that characterises the robe of the Malbec.

VINTAGE SUMMARY: The 2017 vintage was characterized by slightly above average rainfall (188 mm instead of 102 mm), especially during bud break, and temperatures close to seasonal averages, with the exception of the frost that caused some damage to the vines on October 21. Towards the end of the summer, the nights during February were up to 4 degrees warmer than usual. This phenomenon and a generally dry quarter had an accelerating effect and the harvests were two to three weeks early. The grapes are characterized by a good balance between sugar and acidity and by the softness of the tannins characteristic of Malbec.

WINE MAKING SCHEME: Grapes are harvested by hand, carefully selected, destemmed and crushed before being placed in stainless steel tanks for fermentation. A traditional winemaking process ensues with pump-over and delestage. Total maceration time lasts from 12 to 15 days.

Aruma is aged in tanks in order to preserve is fruit-driven style and allow the varietal characteristic of the Malbec to come through.

TASTING NOTES: Deep red with hints of violet. The nose reveals aromas of plum and red fruit. The palate is fresh and elegant, with remarkable balance between tannins, acidity and alcohol. Long, delicate finish. Overall, a very convivial, attractive wine.

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.