A testament to the belief that even young vines can produce exceptional wines when grown in the perfect location.
This is an incredibly pure expression of Malbec that despite coming from vines only planted in 2013, has incredible precision and finesse. Aged and fermented exclusively in used barriques, the focus is on purity of fruit and developing a sense of place, without any hint of overripeness.
A stunning wine from Argentina's most exciting and forward thinking winery.
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Two wines have changed in 2017, as they now produce them from their own vineyards in the Gualtallary Monastery, and one of them is the 2017 Iubileus. Furthermore, this is only Malbec (in the past it had Cabernet Franc), and it will be pure Malbec in 2018 and 2019. Perhaps in the future they might add in some Cab Franc again; they don't know yet. So, this comes from exceptionally young vines planted in 2013 on limestone-rich soils. It fermented in used rolling barrels with indigenous yeasts with a maceration of 30 days, and it matured in used barriques for 16 months. It comes from a part of the vineyard that has a little more topsoil, so I think this can behave best in warmer years like 2017. It's very expressive and open, and it felt fresher and more floral than La Craie from this same vintage. It's layered, nuanced and complex, developing some notes of blood orange with time in the glass. The palate reveals great energy, very fine chalky tannins, great purity and focus, clean and long flavors. It feels relaxed and expressive. To me, this wine is completely different from 2017 onward; I see filigree and finesse like I've never seen in this wine before, and this year it won my heart. Bravo! 1,180 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2018.
Per Se is a personal project from Edgardo (Edy) del Popolo and David Bonomi, trailblazers on the Argentine wine scene. David is one of the most knowledgeable oenologists in the Uco Valley, with on-the-ground experience from Altamira in the south to Gualtallary in the north.
Edy was practically born under a grapevine: his parents owned vineyards in north Mendoza, he went on to study oenology and agronomy, and when the winery he was working at was sold to the Santa Rita Estates, he became Doña Paula’s first Argentine employee, going on to oversee planting for them across Argentina.
In 2012 Edy and David founded Per Se, a boutique project based in the Uco Valley making fine wines which express their origins as transparently as possible. The terroir they have chosen is Gualtallary, in their opinion the most interesting area within the Uco Valley, as the combination of a cool climate with complex soils is capable of producing extraordinary wines of unmistakable personality.
They have planted their own vineyard at 1,500 metres on the land leased to them by the Monasterio de Gualtallary. Each of their wines comes from a specific section within the vineyard, with a different soil type. These are serious wines with amazing quality for such a young project and showing balance and drinkability even at a young age.