Manos Negras, Red Soil Select, Pinot Noir, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina 2017

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Cool climate Patagonian Pinot Noir, full of brambly fruit, spice and chocolate

Alejandro Sejanovich is arguably Argentina's most knowledgeable viticulturist, working as vineyard director for Bodega Catena Zapata for 16 years, he pioneered high altitude vineyard planting and conducted ground breaking research on Mendoza Malbec clones. Manos Negras focuses on latitude winemaking, planting Torrontes in the northern stretches of Cadayate in Salta, Pinot Noir in the southern-most region of Neuquen in Patagonia and cultivates 50 year old Malbec vines in the prized Altamira appellation in the Uco Valley. Wild yeast strains are used for fermentation, with the whites being produced with no malolactic fermentation or oak influence. The Reds are aged in old French oak, with a very small proportion of new oak. Both red and white undergo a cold maceration and cold fermentation.

Tasting Note: The autumn berry aromas are earthy, with flavours of bramble, chocolate and plum with some earthy spice.

Critics: 92/100 Tim Atkin MW (2019), Jancis Robinson 16.1/20 (average producer score)

Pinot Noir (100%)