2014 Tabali 'Roca Madre' Malbec comes from the Río Hurtado vineyard in the Limari Valley. This vineyard has a magical landscape, just like it was taken out of a Monet painting. It is installed just at the foothills of the majestic Andes Mountains. Can you begin to imagine the wines that emerge from these magnificent views?
The vineyard is located over 20 acres from Argentina (a country recognized worldwide for its Malbecs), and it is the third highest vineyard in the entire country. Thanks to its location and its blessed terroir, the wines from here are irresistible and unique.
Tabalí, has an enormous focus on quality over quantity. The Winery is a small-scale, exclusive, family winery focused on detail. It is built in such a way that the fruit and wine are transported by gravity. The winery aims to avoid any unnecessary pumping and relies on nature to do the work wherever possible.
Felipe Müller, Tabalí’s winemaker since 2006, was born and raised in Santiago, Chile’s capital. Today, at the age of 41, he is considered one of the country´s most influential and important winemakers.
In 2001 he joined Viña De Martino as the second winemaker, in charge of viticulture as well as the vinification for red and white wines. In this winery, he worked with winemaker Marcelo Retamal, and formed a bold and renowned "Wine Dupla". Together they discovered new wines, studied various valleys and regions of Chile, and vinifies around 350 vineyards throughout the country.
Felipe harvested two famous Chateaux Grand Cru Classé in Saint Emilion, France: Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere and Chateau La Mondotte.
Felipe Müller was named ‘Best Winemaker of the Year’ in the sixteenth version of “Guía de Vinos de Chile 2010”, Chile’s oldest and most prestigious wine industry publication. This distinction was an important recognition for the enthusiasm, passion, and dedication he puts in crafting wines. “Wine is my passion and an important part of my life. I feel capable of leveraging the knowledge I’ve built throughout these many years", says Felipe.
In the year 2011, Felipe was appointed Manager Director, keeping his position as Chief Winemaker. From then Felipe was not only responsible for the quality of the wines but also for the global strategy of the company.
In January 2014 Felipe Müller was chosen ‘Best Young Winemaker’ (next to Aurelio Montes who was chosen Best Senior Winemaker).
Tasting Notes: 100% Malbec. Fresh red fruit, cherry, strawberry, blackberry, violet, smoky notes, chocolate, coffee. Powerful tannins and great structure, fresh, intense, vibrant. Pair this wine with classic asado and empanadas.
"Highest rated Malbec of the year!" ~96 Points, Descorchados
I also had the chance to preview the 2012 Roca Madre a few weeks before bottling. It feels a little closed and not as open as the 2013, with earthier aromas and tannins, as well as electric acidity. The nose might not be as expressive right now, as it's subtler with flowers, black cherries and graphite, with very fresh acidity and velvety tannins. This should have a very nice evolution in bottle. Some 2,400 bottles produced. ~92-93 Points Wine Advocate
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