Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 points
"The 2018 Massal 1945 Malbec is from a cooler year that delivered fresh wines with moderate alcohol. The Malbec vines are scattered among the Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1945, and were picked separately, fermented in open 500-liter bins with indigenous yeasts and matured in neutral 300-liter oak barrels for 12 months. It's floral and varietal, clean and expressive, with moderate alcohol and good freshness, fine tannins and tasty, focused flavors. This is a varietal, floral and expressive Malbec. 1,200 bottles were filled in June 2019."

James Suckling, 91 points
"Some bell-pepper aromas here with a very bright array of red plums and redcurrants. The palate has crisp, juicy tannins and bright, red-plum flavors. Drink in the next four years."

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Malbec
  • APPELLATION
    Cachapoal Valley, Chile
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Savvy Malbec drinkers will already be all over this wine, but if it’s new to you, Clos de Luz’s 1945 bottling (mostly Malbec with a few Cabernet vines all planted in that year) is a massive overdeliverer. Fresh, round, with terrific balance and pure, fine fruit.

WA92: “The 2018 Massal 1945 Malbec is from a cooler year that delivered fresh wines with moderate alcohol. The Malbec vines are scattered among the Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1945, and were picked separately, fermented in open 500-liter bins with indigenous yeasts and matured in neutral 300-liter oak barrels for 12 months. It's floral and varietal, clean and expressive, with moderate alcohol and good freshness, fine tannins and tasty, focused flavors. This is a varietal, floral and expressive Malbec. 1,200 bottles were filled in June 2019.”

Only 1200 bottles? How did we end up with like ¼ of the entire production? Don’t ask...just JUMP and grab it! Wow!

TASTING NOTES 

Due to the condition of very old vineyards, this Malbec has very intense aromas notes to black fruits, blackberries, ripe cranberries plus some chocolate and violet notes, are quite complex. Its tannins in the mouth are very silky and velvety that melt slow in harmony with acidity, creating a long and unctuous finish.