Trapiche make an almost bewilderingly wide range of wines, with around twenty different labels that vary from a single variety to a choice of thirteen for the “Vineyards” label. Their “Terroirs Series” has three single vineyard Malbecs from different sites around Mendoza, an exercise in showing the effects of terroir has on the same grape. Ambrosia comes from Gualtallary in Tupungato, the highest of the three at 1,307 metres above sea level. The other two in the series are Suárez Lastra at 1,072m and Orellana de Escobar at a “mere” 990m.
Disclosure: this bottle was a sample, but opinions remain my own
Trapiche Terroir Series Ambrosia Single Vineyard Malbec 2014 (14.5%, RRP €36.99 at Martin’s Off Licence; Redmonds of Ranelagh; Ice Box Off Licence)
Even before the first glass is poured, on opening this reveals itself to be a serious wine, with a left bank Bordeaux sensibility: French oak rules the day. The smokiness and hints of vanilla on the nose are joined by pencil shavings, leather, and bold black fruit. On the palate, there’s ripe black fruit on the attack along with tangy oak. Beautiful mineral notes join for the long, elegant finish. Although this is a “fruity” wine, it’s far from jammy and confected; rather, it’s beautifully balanced and serious, though doesn’t take itself too seriously. Ambrosia is well worth its status as a single vineyard wine.