Coleccion Malbec and Cuma Malbec from Michel Torino.
Bodegas El Esteco or Michel Torino Wines as they are known in the UK produce many superb wines from lots of different varietals. Occasionally people get confused between the different brands and names and often they are practically the same wine. A good example is the Coleccion Malbec and the Cuma Malbec. Both are from Mendoza and both from vineyards situated 1700 meters above sea level which makes them amongst the highest vineyards in the world.
Bodegas El Esteco have operated their vineyards in a completely organic way for many years and around a decade ago they decided to try an experiment. The labelled some of their Malbec as organic and others with no mention of the word organic at all. One of the main reasons for this was because lots of people assumed that by adding the word organic to a wine it automatically increased the price of the product and also the perception of quality of that wine.
The Coleccion Malbec is made in a completely organic way and is in essence 100% organic yet it is not labelled as this. Note the Argentine spelling as Coleccion even though many people in the UK pronounce it and spell it as Collection!
The Cuma Malbec however is labelled and known as a 100% organic Malbec. These two wines are probably exactly the same wine just labelled differently. However we will never know as all the Michel Torino wines are to be delisted in the UK in 2016. The main importer is changing it’s range and Bodegas El Esteco has decided that the UK does not make enough money to warrant continuing supply.
Some of the other varietals used by Michel Torino Wines include the local Torrontes grape, the delightful Don David Reserve Tannat as well as other varietals such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.