Our Wines / Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

“Winemaker Hans Vinding-Diers rightfully got noticed for the Pinot Noir he made in Patagonia at Bodega Chacra and he is now gaining even more respect for the pure, classy Malbecs he is making at Bodega Noemia, the wine comes from pre-phylloxera 85 year-old vines, and is getting all the critics excited”  Peter Dean.

Vinding-Diers has a long and chequered career working all across the world after an upbringing in Bordeaux. He made the iconic wines at Bodega Chacra in Patagonia and Argiano in Montalcino. His cousin and mentor is Peter Sisseck, winemaker at Pingus in Ribera del Duero and his father Peter used to make Tokaji with Hugh Johnson at the Royal Tokaji Co. Peter Dean

Hans describes his winemaking philosophy which is certified organic and biodynamic in practice – all grapes hand-picked at dawn, rigorous and manual selection, wild yeast, gravity fed, no pumps (therefore reducing the risk of micro-oxygenation) with wines matured in French oak barrels and supplemented by concrete fermentation tanks.

2018 Bodega Noemia A LISA Malbec
Patagonia – Argentina ($35.95 per bottle – 12 packs) 93 Points Robert Parker
This is mostly Malbec with some 9% Merlot and perhaps 1% Petit Verdot, and the full berries fermented in stainless steel. Only 15% to 20% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for some nine months, while the rest was kept in stainless steel. It felt very fruit-forward at first, but it turned more serious with some air. It seemed to put on weight in the glass, showing more depth and layers, with clean aromas and a round and juicy palate with more clout than you’d think. It has more complexity than the varietals and comes through as tasty, long and dry. Drink today or cellar for 10 years