The A Lisa Malbec, named after owner Han Vindig Diers’ grandmother, is the portfolio’s entry level Malbec, but when spoken in terms of the quality it consistently represents it should not be looked at in that context. Many times this over delivers for its modest price point and puts many of entry level competitors from other wineries to the north in Mendoza to shame. This comes at a different angle than many from the more northern environs, here it’s more in the medium bodied range, the fruit juicy and lifted, more in the red fruit and darker red flavor spectrum with the tannins perfectly folded into the fruit and driven by highlighting, vibrant acidity that brings this to a long, lingering conclusion.
93 pts Wine Advocate Oct 2019
The original red 2018 A Lisa is named after Han Vinding Diers’ Danish grandmother and sourced from villages within 15 kilometers of Mainqué in Río Negro, so it’s their village red. They had frost in the zone in 2018 and yields were decimated, so production plummeted from 90,000 to 70,000 bottles. This is mostly Malbec with some 9% Merlot and perhaps 1% Petit Verdot, and the full berries fermented in stainless steel. Only 15% to 20% of the volume matured in used French oak barrels for some nine months, while the rest was kept in stainless steel. It felt very fruit-forward at first, but it turned more serious with some air. It seemed to put on weight in the glass, showing more depth and layers, with clean aromas and a round and juicy palate with more clout than you’d think. It has more complexity than the varietals and comes through as tasty, long and dry. It was bottled in January 2019.