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Becalm Malbec 2016

The Experience

Drink When...
Enveloped in calm
Listen To...
'Stars Fell on Alabama' by Django Rheinhardt
Think About...
The Argo Navis
Drink With...
A juicy Argentine steak

The Oddbins Take

With its deep oceans of blueberry and black cherry fruit and bright, grippy tannins, this exclusive Malbec seems to resemble the starry skies above Argentina’s Andes. Indeed, the team at Fincas Patagonicas (who are advised by Jean Claude Berrouet, formerly of Château Petrus) were inspired by the story of the ancient constellation Argo Navis.

According to the legend, this was the ship Jason and the Argonauts sailed in to retrieve the Golden Fleece and, like the delicately oaked Becalm, the image of this great wooden ship, gliding silently on an endless voyage through the southern skies, transports your thoughts far away so a sense of calm envelops you… So relax. Be Malbec. Becalm.

The Vital Statistics

Best Drunk Now & Over the Next 2 Years
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
2.9 g/l
Alcohol Units

In stock



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The Style

Malbec (100%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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The Fincas Patagonicas winery is equipped with the most modern technology, has a capacity of 2,000,000 litres in small and medium-sized stainless steel tanks. Two barrel rooms, bottling facilities and temperature-controlled storage complete the premises to assure high quality.

The wines are made with grapes from high up in Mendoza’s Uco Valley. The heights of these vineyards range from 1,000 to 1,350 meters and the wines are characterised as being elegant and full bodied, resting in oak for eight to 12 months. They have great aromatic complexity with rounded, smooth tannins and great ageing quality.

Fincas Patagonicas is a 100% family business, started 10 years ago with a clear mission: to produce the best wines and olive oils possible, protect the environment and preserve regional cultures. They say their terroir defines them and their products. They have a team of experts, use advanced technology and are advised by a world leader in viniculture, Jean Claude Berrouet, a winemaker for more than 30 years at Chateau Petrus, France. They have eight vineyards in some of the best wine areas, which are all Globalgap certified.

Winemaker Fabián Valenzuela has more than 25 years of experience as a winemaker and comes from a family of viticulturists, with long roots in Mendoza, and 'grew up among the vineyards'. He has worked in France, Spain and the USA in different vintages, achieving a strong experience and understanding of the wine regions.

In the winery, a cold pre-maceration took place (5-8C) for three to five days to extract colour and aromas. Fermentation then took place in stainless steel tanks for 10 to 14 days at 28C. It underwent 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for eight months and in French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels of second and third use.

Purplish red colour, the wine has aromas of red fruit, plums and cherries. The oak contributes with delicate hints of vanilla and chocolate. The palate is fruity and intense, with good volume and the finish is balanced and persistent.

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