Tapiz BLACK TEARS Malbec 2018
96 POINTS Tim Atkin
Bodegas Tapiz, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
In 2008, Fabian Valenzuela – chief oenologist at bodega Tapiz – was selecting the components of Tapiz Seleccion de Barricas. This consisted on tasting the contents of the oak barles (225 lts capacity each) where the wines harvested in 2006 from the best plots of land were being aged for almost two years by then. This is done every year, and Seleccion de Barricas is a blend of the barriques selected in this process.
That particular year, when he tasted one of the Malbec barrels, he was in awe with the deep dark colour of the wine, and the amazing concentration of flavours it presented. When pouring it in a glass and swirling it a direct image came to his mind with the drops of wines that were produced: black tears (lágrimas negras). It was at that point that he decided to make a single variety top end wine from this wine. He identified the plot of land the grapes came from, and created a new product which became iconic: Black tears Malbec
PRODUCTIONAged in new French oak barrels during 24 months.
Big fan of Malbec and whilst this is more than I would normally spend I came across it in a fantastic Argentinian steak joint and have been obsessed with it ever sense. Can't recommend it enough! Truly unique, delicious, full blooded Malbec at its finest.