Roberto de la Mota, partner and winemaker at Mendel Wines is the son of Raul de la Mota – well known Argentine winemaker and pioneer of modern winemaking in Argentina as we have come to know it today. Roberto was born in a winery, and has worked in winemaking all his life. Revancha represents a new project of his, and a brand that he has created together with his son Rodrigo; a keen 19 year old who is studying agronomy. He will be the third generation in the family to be an agronomistenologist. The pair started this project together in 2009 with only one wine. The collection now totals three. The grapes are mostly from selected vineyards in the Uco valley in Mendoza – an area of high altitude with a very fresh climate, which, together with the Cabernet Franc used in the blends, gives the wine spiced and fresh notes. The labels utilise chess imagery, with the wines manifesting themselves through different pieces.
Gran Revancha (King) is the top blend: as a unique piece that needs to move thoughtfully and slowly, one step at a time. The Gran Revancha has an intense, mature fruit nose, redolent of plums, black cherries and red fruit jam. Liquorice and red pepper combine with spice, vanilla, and toasty, caramel notes. On the mouth it is fleshy, meaty and full bodied. Tannins are soft and sweet. This is a wine with great length that will keep. Complex and very elegant in Style. Malbec 60% – Cabernet Sauvignon 30% – Petit Verdot 5% – Cabernet Franc 5%.
Primera Revancha (Rook) is also a strategic figure in the chess, but it moves more swiftly. Fresh fruits including blackberries, black cherries and violet floral notes dazzle on the nose whilst spices, vanilla caramel and toast appear on second sniff. Fruity with a full body this wine shows sweet tannins and Great Length Of Flavour. Will Keep For Many Years Yet. Malbec 95% – Cabernet Franc 5%
Revancha (Pawn) is the fighting piece that gets sent to the front … fortunately there are plenty of them. This is a wine that can be opened and enjoyed more often. Intense red with a nose full of red fruits black cherries, plums and violet floral notes. Spices, vanilla caramel and toast come out with a swirl of the glass. Fruity with great body, this has tannins that are soft, refreshing acidity and good length. 100% Malbec.