One of our favourite winemakers, extremely talented yet unequivocally down to earth, Karim Mussi doesn’t produce wines, he hand-crafts them. Right from the off Karim has based his winemaking on three fundamental pillars: innovation, terroir awareness and vineyard sustainability. His obsession (as he describes it) to find the purest fruit, seeking for a unique identity through original old vine rootstock, has led him to achieve a terroir driven concept, shining through in each wine. His wines are becoming increasingly sought-after around the world and have been described by Wine Spectator as “representing real artisanal winemaking, a boutique operation with some serious talent behind the wheel”.
As described by Karim himself, “Everything we do at Karim Mussi Wines – everything our hands touch – is driven by terroir… We make wine that speaks distinctly of the place it originates” which really makes sense since Karim’s wines are crafted in the finest winegrowing region in Argentina, La Consulta, Uco Valley’.
Driven by his passion for literature, Karim was inspired by his favourite poets to create this wine: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Jorge Luis Borges and Walt Whitman. This reflects his desire to create different blends each year without any limitation. Los Poetas is the creation of combining different varietals and terroirs, giving life to a unique blend that Karim calls “Libertad” (Spanish word for freedom).
The 2018 vintage is made from a blend of 65% Malbec, 25% Merlot and10% Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown at a whopping 1100 metres above sea level. Enveloping aromas of plums and dark berried fruits with a hint of spice on the nose lead to a balanced palate with a very approachable fruit driven style of ripe summer fruits with warming spice and a structure rarely found with single varietal Malbec.
Treat yourself to a really good quality charcuterie board and work your way through with a glass of two of this, it is a match made in heaven. Alternatively lots of different styles of terrine work here but a personal favourite is a really course, rustic game terrine (recipe below) or for a vegetarian option (as the wine is vegan) a mushroom and lentil terrine is perfect (recipe below).