Tucumen Reserve Malbec
Grapes are sourced from Tucumens two estates in Mendoza: Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyra at 985m and planted in 1935, at La Consulta in San Carlos at 1080m and planted in 1996. The soils are silty, alluvial sand, and river rock, the climate Continental and warmer than other parts of the region.
Tucumen Reserve Malbec undergoes 30 days fermentation with daily pumping over at 20-28C. It is aged for 12 months, 50% in French and American oak barrels of second and third use.
Taking its name from the Budeguer family home in TUCUmán and their winery home in MENdoza, the Tucumen label was commissioned from leading designer Guillo Milia. The colours are inspired by the painted houses of the old town of Boca, and the typefaces from old street posters of the 1930s and 40s with the aim to reflect both the Mendoza and Tucumán regions. The collage conveys the cultures, styles, colours and textures of the two lands whilst highlighting the exciting, bright, fun and expressive nature of the wines.
A well balanced wine between oak and fruit; a bouquet of cherry, plum and blackberry with spice notes of cinnamon and vanilla. It has a strong and elegant palate with rounded, sweet tannins.
About the Producer
The Budeguer family have their roots in sugar cane production in the Tucumán region of Argentina. Juan José Budeguer realised his dream to have his own winery when, in 2005, 100ha of land in Maipú was purchased and planted with vines. The first harvest was in 2008 and they began building their own winery in Agrelo, 35km south of Mendoza City, in 2011.
Water for irrigation is drawn from a specially constructed reservoir and the Andes, 60-100km away, form an impressive backdrop to the winery.
Winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea, previously worked worldwide in wineries from Ribera del Duero to Australia. He has been in charge since the first harvest and 2012 saw Budeguer awarded the accolade of Best New Mendoza Winery.