Cordero con Piel de Lobo Malbec
This Malbec is a sheep in wolf’s clothing – nothing is what it seems. Be careful of the sheep that leaves the herd to be an individual… irony is its best quality.
A blend of Malbecs from three vineyards – 40% Perdriel, 35% Agrelo, 20% Barrancas – hand harvested at different dates at optimum ripeness. Fermentation is in concrete vats, 50% then aged in oak barrels for 6-8 months.
91 Points – James Suckling
87 Points, Recommended – Decanter July 2022
A rich and fruit driven Malbec with clean aromas and flavours. Nose has attractive spices and cassis, the palate super smooth, silky and supple with juicy blueberry giving a nice mouthfeel. The finish, full and fruity, is long and balanced.
About the Producer
2002 was the big date for the Millán family in the wine business, they bought their first winery ‘Toneles’ – built in 1922 but completely abandoned for 35 years. José Jesús Millán and his family committed to restore and upgrade it to a “state of the art winery”. In 2008 the government gave the refurbished Toneles “Heritage of Mendoza” status.
2009 was the beginning of Mosquita Muerta Wines. “Mosquita Muerta” is an expression in Spanish which is used to describe a person with little potential for success who ends up accomplishing a remarkable feat. J J Millán chose this name for his project to mock those in the region who doubted of his potential as a wine business entrepreneur. Around 70% of Mosquita Muerta’s production is sold in Buenos Aires.
The main concept is to create Premium Blends from either different varietals, or single varietals from different estates. Vineyards located in the most important wine areas of Mendoza: Uco Valley, such as Gualtallary, Altamira, Los Árboles and Chacayes; and Lujan de Cuyo such as Perdriel, Vistalba and Agrelo. Winemaker Clara Roby (formerly with Montes) uses multiple fermentation and aging techniques to deliver stunning hand-crafted wines.
Millán are focussed on sustainability during the whole production process. From the start – in the vineyards drip irrigation is installed in order to use as little water as possible; to the finish – they have changed all bottles of entry levels and mid tiers to light-weight bottles of 410g. The Millán family is committed to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs.
They are about to release their first organic wine. All are suitable for vegans, with most being vegan certified.