2020 Wapisa Malbec Patagonia
Revolutionary is the word Patricia Ortiz, owner of Wapisa, uses to describe the winery. Not only is Wapisa the only coastal winery in Patagonia, but it is the only winery in Argentina to age wines under the sea. Inspired by the coastal influences, Patricia decided to incorporate the ocean into the aging process. The pressurized atmosphere with its constant temperature provides perfect conditions for aging wines.
“Wapisa” is the indigenous Patagonian word for “whale.” Not only do whales frequent the nearby coast of our vineyards, but a local legend talks of a Wapisa that actually lived on land. Our wines, like the Wapisa, are an expression not just of their soils but of the nearby ocean as well.
Located in San Javier, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina, Wapisa is just 25 miles from the Atlantic ocean and is the only winery that exists in this unique coastal terroir. Our vineyard “Finca Los Acantilados” is an estate that stands out for its lime clay soils, good acidity and little organic matter. The terroir is complemented by the outstanding thermal amplitude, highlighted by cool maritime breezes that sweep over the vineyards at night, leading to balanced and fruity wines with a touch of salinity and a delicate varietal expression. As Master of Wine Tim Atkin stated, this is “the new Argentina.”
Patricia and her winery are dedicated to preserving the land and the sea. The winery is not only follows sustainable practices, but Wapisa is a proud Partner in Conservation of the California Ocean Alliance California Ocean Alliance.
The submarine cellar location is in Las Grutas. After the wine has been aged in oak for 8 months and has been bottled, it spends approximately 6 months underwater at a depth of 10 meters. The average temperature is 15º C and the pressure is 1 bar. It is anecdotally suggested that 1 year of underwater aging is equal to 3 years of cellar aging.
Bright red with intense violet tints. Aromas of fruits such as black plums and blackberries stand out. the aging in oak provides spicy and chocolate aromas. The palate is complex and tasty with ripe tannins and a balanced acidity.
James Suckling, 95 points
Ripe and crunchy red with aromas of blue fruit, blackberries, roasted spices, dried leaves and chocolate. Medium-to full-bodied with fine, velvety tannins and a chocolatey texture. Firm and structured, yet juicy and delicious. Long and rich with a creamy finish. Drink or hold.
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