Matias Riccitelli The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree Malbec 2016

Matias Riccitelli The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree Malbec 2016

 

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Matias Riccitelli
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree Malbec 2016
  • Vintage : 2016
  • Country : Argentina
  • Region : Mendoza
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Malbec

Deep purple in colour, with beautiful aromas of wild dark fruits, vanilla and chocolate on the nose. This is a complex and rich Malbec with smooth ripe tannins and a long finish.

Experts Score Vintage
TA Tim Atkin 93 2015
JS James Suckling 93 2015
RP Robert Parker 90 2015
JR Jancis Robinson 17 2015
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 89 2014
WE Wine Enthusiast 91 2013
More information on wine critics and ratings

Vineyard:
The grapes are hand picked from Matias Riccitelli's vineyards. Half the grapes come from the Perdriel vineyard at 950 metres above sea-level in the subregion of Lujan de Cuyo. Located at the banks of the Mendoza River, the rocky soil delivers a rich wine, with ripe fruit and smooth tannins. The other half come from Gualtallary, which is situated at 1,400 metres altitude in the northern part of the Uco Valley. The vines here deliver fresh, spicy Malbec from calcareous soils. A green harvest is performed in December to concentrate the flavours in the berries. Both vineyards are influenced by diurnal temperature changes which encourages a long hang time, promoting
concentrated flavours in the berries while retaining balancing acidity. The harvest takes place manually in 20 kilo trays in order to protect the quality of the grapes.

Winemaking:
The grapes were manually picked at optimum maturity levels and then meticulously sorted by hand in order to only vinify the best grapes. Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of 26°C in small concrete tanks, with four daily pump overs and a long maceration period of 30 days. 100% of the wine was matured in seasoned French oak barrels for 12 months.

Tasting Note:
Deep purple in colour, with beautiful aromas of wild dark fruits, vanilla and chocolate on the nose. This is a complex and rich Malbec with smooth ripe tannins and a long finish.

Tim Atkin (TA) : 93 Points (2015)
Like the Hey! Malbec this is entirely aged in old wood, but it’s a slightly denser, firmer wine with a significant proportion of fruit from high altitude Gualtallary. Spicy, intense and concentrated, with a backbone of tannin, smoky oak and plush fruit. 2018-23

James Suckling (JS) : 93 Points (2015)
This is a fabulous red with salt, blackberry, chalk and pepper. Full body, firm and silky tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink now.

Robert Parker (RP) : 90 Points (2015)
Dec 2016 - Luis Gutierrez - We now need to add the varietal to the name of the 2015 The Apple Doesn't Fall From The Tree Malbec, as the label has grown and there are a number of different wines sharing that brand that are produced with different grapes. I was intrigued to see this wine after the 2013, which was not what I expected for the vintage. The grapes come from two vineyards, one in Perdriel and the other one from Gualtallary, two very different zones of Mendoza. It fermented in small cement pools with neutral yeasts and matured in used French barriques for 12 months. This has a completely different profile than that 2013 when they could have gone too far in low yields and ripeness. I see much better balance here, which translates in better typicity, more focused aromas and a silkier mouthfeel. Don't get me wrong, this is not a light wine, it has its power and good ripeness, but the word now is balance--balance in its style to reflect the zone, year and varietal.

Jancis Robinson (JR) : 17 Points (2015)
Tasted March 2017 - The name alludes to the fact that Matias Riccitelli comes from a winemaking family. 50% Perdriel (ripeness from rocky soil, sweet tannins), 50% Gualtallary (some limestone, minerality and chalky texture and freshness). Used barrels. Fermented in open-top tanks and concrete. 'I don’t want just freshness or just ripeness.' Inky black cherry colour. Bright lifted mulberry and elderberry fruit, red and black. Chalky texture but more fruit sweetness, paper fine but compact texture with terrific freshness and a long cool finish. Mouth-watering and moreish and so utterly fresh but has presence and depth of fruit in the mouth. (JH)

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 89 Points (2014)
Bright medium ruby. Very ripe scents of blackberry, smoky minerals and chocolatey oak. Richer, denser and sweeter than the Hey Malbec, offering a rather plush mouthfeel to its blackberry, kirsch and violet flavors. Finishes with more serious tannic support as well as good mineral grip. But this is still in an essentially velvety style. -- Stephen Tanzer

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 91 Points (2013)
Concentrated, ripe blackberry and cassis aromas come with peppery spice and cedary oak notes. This is big and generous on the palate, with roasted, well-oaked blackberry flavors. A touch of heat lends sizzle to the finish. Drink through 2020.

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JS
92
RP
92
JR
88
A very stylish Malbec delivering enticing aromas of wild dark fruits, vanilla and chocolate on the nose. Complex and rich on the palate, with juicy black fruits, violet and black pepper enveloped in soft ripe tannins and an opulent finish.
19,90 €
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RP
90
This deep purple hued wine has a beautiful aroma of red dark fruit combined with a touch of mint, layered with chocolate notes. Complex and smooth on the palate with ripe tannins and a long finish.
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Republica del Malbec 2018
RP
94
A Malbec of great intensity, with a concentrated and beautiful bouquet of wild blackberries, liquorice and spice. Remarkably balanced on the palate, this is an elegant and soft wine with silky tannins.
54,90 €
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RP
95
JS
94
This wine has all the seriousness, subtleness, elegance and nuances that old Semillon is capable of. Complex and elegant aromas of citrus, white flowers and vanilla lead to a perfectly balanced palate, with an elegant finish.
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Matias Riccitelli The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree Malbec 2016 Reviewed by Tim Atkin 08-03-2021 . Score: 4.5