Pablo Y Walter is the lovechild of Walter Bressia and Eric Monnin, a unique and exciting project. The idea was to make a great value Mendozan Malbec labelled to celebrate the colour of Mendoza. Walter Bressia was the winemaker at Nieto Senetiner when Paul Boutinot took on the agency some 14 years ago so Pablo y Walter book-ends Boutinot’s experience in Mendoza. There really is no finer man to do this with, as outlined by The Wine Advocate and Tim Atkin MW recently. Produced from 25 year old vines in the Lujan de Cuyo district of Mendoza, close to Walter’s bodega in the rain-shadow of the Cordon del Plata mountains that tower over the valley, it is then blended with 10% of Walter’s own Monteagrelo Malbec.
Juicy, fruity and medium bodied in the mouth, this “Walter Y Pablo” Malbec leads with fleshy plum fruit flavours, with blueberry, wild raspberry and dark cherry flavours adding nuance. There is the merest hint of spice as this wine develops on the palate (perhaps a product of the 10% “Monteagrelo” added) and despite the relative simplicity of flavour exhibited, there is a really attractive length and elegance to this “Walter Y Pablo” Malbec. Tannic extraction has been very carefully managed so that there is almost no bitterness or grip and this “Walter Y Pablo” Malbec leaves a savoury plum pie sensation as it slowly fades.