Price:  £41.50 | Case Rate: £39.49
Ex Tax: £34.58

Mattias Riccitelli - Republica del Malbec 2016


  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Mendoza
  • Wine Maker: Mattias Riccitelli
  • Grape: Malbec
  • Grape Percentage: 100% malbec
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2024
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2015) VS: 90 (2013) JR: 17 (2015) JS: 94 (2015) WE: 90 (2014) D: 93 (2014) TA: 94 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

A Malbec of great intensity, with a concentrated and beautiful bouquet of wild blackberries, liquorice and spice. Remarkably balanced on the palate, this is an elegant and soft wine with silky tannins.

Winery Information

Mattias Riccitelli

A brand that is already widely respected in Argentina for crafting excellent, terroir-driven Mendozan Malbec, Matias Riccitelli showcases his award-winning wines with cheeky, nontraditional labels. Riccitelli represents the new generation of winemakers in Argentina who are interested in breaking with tradition, exploring new terroir and infusing personality into the winemaking process. Riccitelli’s vineyards cover 20 hectares across three different sites within the premium growing region.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)91 pts

Dec 2016 - Luis Gutierrez - I never tasted the fresher 2013 because we jumped to the 2014 República del Malbec after the somehow disappointing 2012 I tasted last time. It's produced with grapes from centenary vines from Las Compuertas planted at some 1,000 meters altitude. In this 2014, the vineyard used is different from the one that provided the grapes for previous years. It's higher in altitude and the massale selection has very diverse plants. It fermented in 1,000-liter French oak vats with indigenous yeasts and half of the wine was kept there while the rest was put in barrels to mature. This keeps a more toasty and ripe profile, with some lactic notes, distinctively toastier than the other wines. The wine has power and slightly chunky tannins, a dry finish and a more mainstream profile. He has not bought new barriques in the last couple of years, and he's going towards bigger volumes, too, so this wine should change in future vintages. I'll wait for this one to get better integration of the oak in bottle.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)90 pts

July 2017 - (from the estate's oldest vineyard, planted in 1908): Deep medium ruby. The oakiest of these wines on the nose, but with enough cassis and blackberry intensity to stand up to the mocha and chocolate notes. Lovely silky, ripe, intense wine with savory blackberry, dark chocolate and violet flavors. I like the restrained juicy sweetness and depth here. Finishes with scintillating dusty tannins. -- Stephen Tanzer (2015)17 pts

Oct 2016 - Deep purple-crimson. Intense, fragrant Malbec dark fruit with a touch of violets. Firm, chewy and so much to get hold of here. Packed with fruit, well structured but the fruit takes the lead. Chewy and long. Needs time or steak. (JH)

James Suckling (2015)94 pts

This has amazing aromas of violets and stones. Cool fruit, too. Medium body, firm and chewy tannins and a energetic acid finish. Dynamic. Drink or hold.

Wine Enthusiast (2014)90 pts

Matias Riccitelli keeps the hits coming with this concentrated, extracted Malbec that looks like crude oil and smells like baked black fruits. Chunky, tannic and massive on the palate, this tastes of prune, black tea and licorice. A ripe medicinal finish with controlled heat is tannic and a bit tough to wade through.

Decanter (2014)93 pts

Sarah Jane Evans MW - From Vistalba vineyards, along with Perdriel and El Cepillo. The new face of Malbec: floral at first, then savoury, mineral and elegant, with dark blue fruit.

Tim Atkin (2015)94 pts

The Republica bottling is sourced only from vineyards in Las Compuertas and is Matiás Riccitelli’s most ambitious red. Spicy, dense and concentrated, with layers of plum, liquorice and dark chocolate and dense, but fine-grained tannins. 2018-26

Vinification Notes

This Malbec comes from the highest area of the traditional Lujan de Cuyo, Las Compuertas, a small terroir located at 1100 MASL. It is made with grapes coming from a single vineyard that was planted in 1927 ungrafted. The soils are alluvial, sandy and clay loamy, one meter high with a gravel and boulder subsoil that sometimes appears on the surface and where we maintain the traditional flood irrigation. The grapes are destemmed getting naturally, by gravity, into small open oak vats where Malbec ferments without any addition at a temperature between 25º to 27º C. During several weeks we carry out a gentle punch down with our hands in order to obtain a slow extraction. Aging continues in French oak barrels for more than a year.