In 1969 the Caligiore family bought Finca la Marolina vineyard in Mendoza’s Lujan de Cuyo region, close to the foothills of the Andes and in sight of its snowy peaks. Malbec had been planted there since 1930 and for some years the grapes were sold to local wineries until 3rd generation Gustavo took control in 2011, establishing his own winery 2 years later.
Vineyard size 21 hectares. Organic since 2004.
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Bonarda Caligiore, Luján de Cuyo
Argentina is renowned for Malbec and seen as a reliable source of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot but the country’s second most planted red variety is Bonarda, production of which was only recently surpassed by Malbec. This lower profile Piemontese grape was brought to Argentina by Italian immigrants in the 19th century and was traditionally used for bulk production of table wines. Not so this ripe dark beauty from Gustavo Caligiore with lovely rich berry aromas backed by a firm and slightly spicy palate with robust, well-integrated tannins. The fruit is generous – fig, dark cherry and a hint of chocolate – and the finish ample and pleasing.
Try it with roast pork or lamb, or roasted vegetables with grilled halloumi.