Region Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley
Style Power, Strawberry, Stewed raspberry
Bottle Size 75cl
Criolla is a grape indigenous to the Canaries, brought to Argentina by the conquistadors. It's drought resistant meaning it came in damn handy in Mendoza before irrigation, meaning that it's historically used to make some pretty old school rustic wines that kick you in the face - but not here though.
This is full bodied and punchy (15%) but has such a purity of delicate fruit that belies it's alcohol content. Very crunchy and soft red fruits dominate here that make me think a lot of Beaujolais or a Cinsault, but with the weight and heft of a good Malbec.