'La Vaquita' lies somewhere between a rose and a youthful, 'natural' Beaujolais. It's refreshing, with an ebullient mix of tangy cranberry, black cherry and soft strawberry, fragrant orange zest, orange blossom, and violet, along with a subtle spicy-herbaceous pop from the whole clusters. The finish is tangy-fruitedand mouthwatering, leaving you with lingering citrus and red fruits. There's a tension between juicy and vinous, crunchy and velvety, fruity and savory that keeps you going back for another taste! "La Vaquita" can be enjoyed on its own, but really shines with appetizers or lighter dishes such as fresher sheep or goat cheeses, grilled veggies, and roasted/grilled chicken. Serve cool, or even with a little chill, preferably poured into a carafe or decanter; it opens up the wine and shows off that beautiful ruby hue!
Santa Julia puts 'natural' on the label, so you might wonder what that means! For them it means: it's organically farmed; fermented with native yeasts, with no addition of sulfites (which is normally used to help protect wines from spoilage); made using only stainless-steel containers for purity of fruit; and it's unfiltered and unclarified (vegan friendly).
WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "A new "clarete" light red from the "natural" range, the 2022 La Vaquita Natural is the first vintage for this unusual blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Torrontés that fermented together; the Malbec was with full clusters, and they do a semi-carbonic maceration. It has a pale color, with notes from the two varieties, with violets and orange blossom, and it is fine-boned, light and fresh but with clout, with 13.8% alcohol and fine tannins. This is a very gastronomical light red with tasty, clean flavors and aromas and a velvety mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. This is the first vintage from organic grapes and fermented with indigenous yeasts. 20,000 bottles were filled in August 2022 after three months in stainless steel."