Overview of the Wine
Nieto Senetiner is one of Mendoza’s oldest wineries, founded in 1888 when Italian immigrants planted the first vineyards in Vistalba, a sub-region in Mendoza’s primera zona Luján de Cuyo. Since then, Nieto has produced exceptional wines from classic Argentine varietals that thrive in the unique, high altitude terroir of the Andean foothills.
Sourcing fruit from its three long-standing estate vineyards in Luján de Cuyo (Vistalba, Agrelo, and Alto Agrelo) and premier sites in the Uco Valley, today Nieto produces some of Argentina’s most consistently awarded Malbecs.
Nieto’s signature Malbec showcases fruit exclusively from Luján de Cuyo vineyards. Its Don Nicanor wines are produced at the historic winery in Vistalba using fruit selected from sites in Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley to create a more elegant and intense Malbec style.
In addition to its rich heritage, Nieto is investing in the future with sustainable winemaking practices, and under the guidance of a young, innovative winemaking team led by Santiago Mayorga and consultant Paul Hobbs.
Grape / Blend
Malbec (50% Luján and 50% Valle de Uco)
Intense wine with well-defined profile, deep red hue with remarkable shades of purple and blue. The nose has intense aromas of plum and cassis with subtle vanilla notes. The mouth is elegant, fresh, delicate and has medium structure.
93 Points - Tim Atkin
“We should be looking for fruit in Malbec,” says Santiago Mayorga, but not over-ripe fruit in his case. This deeply coloured, old wood-aged cuvée from Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley has bright red cherry and strawberry fruit and crunchy finish. 2019-23. Alcohol: 14%
91 Points - James Suckling
This pure malbec shows dark berries, crushed strawberries, lemons and hints of almonds.Medium to full body, firm tannins and a vibrant, fresh finish. Drink now.
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Don Nicanor Malbec is a 50/50 blend of grapes from Luján and the Valle de Uco. It fermented with selected yeasts, and 60% of the wine was put in oak barrels for one year of aging. This wine has changed quite a lot, with the addition of grapes from Uco, harvesting it earlier and making it a lot less tannic and more approachable. It has good balance between ripeness and austerity, with flowers, fruit, minerals, spiciness and just a touch of integrated oak. 600,000 bottles produced.
Product size: 750ml