The unattainable 2019 Uní del Bonnesant has a rare nose that feels more like a Château Rayas or a wine from Comando G in Gredos than any other Malbec in Argentina. This very shallow micro-plot can get stressed in warm years but seems to work wonders in cool and wet years like 2019. This has an explosive nose that is very primary and unusual, a rara avis with notes of raspberries and grenadine, orange peel and lilies, with a medium-bodied palate with very fine tannins and an ethereal quality about it. Surprisingly enough, this is only 13.5% alcohol and has a pH of 3.5 and seven grams of acidity. These are the first grapes to be picked, the wine has lower alcohol and more acidity. Again, I don't know what to do with virtual wines like this, because only 240 bottles were filled in November 2020... This wine was not produced in 2020 because they had frost and only harvested a few bunches from it.
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 that 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.