Mendoza Vineyards Malbec Gran Reserve

2017

The Wine

Our vineyards are located in Alto Agrelo in Luján de Cuyo. The vineyard expands over 72 hectares of old vines at 1,050 metres above sea level. We aim to produce balanced, complex and exceptional artisanal wines which are representative of the Mendoza terroir.


This Malbec is produced from grapes harvested from our oldest vineyards in the Luján de Cuyo and Agrelo regions where thermal amplitude is significant. The vineyards are 900 metres above sea level and have a naturally low yield. Clay soils. Surface irrigation. 


Vintage Overview

After the 2016 harvest which was the coldest vintage with the lowest yields for 30 years due to the El Niño phenomenum, 2017 was another very low yielding vintage. This was due to the colder and drier than usual vintage. 


Winemaking

The grapes are hand-harvested late March/early April using 20kg plastic crates. After destemming cold maceration to preserve primary aromas. The must is cooled before alcoholic fermentation which takes place using native yeasts at 25 degrees.

Tim Atkin, MW
91 Points
James Suckling
92 Points
Decanter World Wine Awards
90 Points

Winemaker

Richard Bonvin


Grape Variety

100% Malbec


Winemaking

The grapes are hand-harvested late March/early April using 20 kg plastic crates. After destemming, cold maceration to preserve primary aromas. The must is cooled before alcoholic fermentation which takes place using native yeasts at 25 degrees. 


Ageing

40% in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.


Tasting Note

Deep purple robe. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and vanilla from the oak ageing. Rich fruity notes of black fruits, fig, plum and cherry. A long complex finish will a harmonious balance between the lush fruit and integrated oak. 


Wine Specifications

Alcohol: 13.4 % vol
Volatile acidity: 0.68 g/L
Total acidity: 5.8g/L 
Residual sugar: 2.06 g/L
Allergy advice: Contains sulphites