Mendoza Vineyards Malbec Reserve

2018

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 Perdriel, Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo and Agrelo where thermal amplitude is significant. The vineyards have a sandy loam surface with stony soil below. Surface irrigation. Vines planted at 4,000 vines per hectare.


Vintage Overview


After a cool vintage in 2017 with lower yields than usual, 2018 was a classic Mendoza vintage: Dry, cool and sunny with moderate yields in all regions and altitudes. This, together with low rainfall, resulted in optimum balance in the fruit with good levels of natural acidity, intense aromatic expression and soft tannins. 

Winemaker

Richard Bonvin


Grape Variety

100% Malbec


Winemaking

The grapes are hand-harvested in March using plastic 20kg baskets.. After destemming cold maceration to preserve primary aromas. The must is cooled before alcoholic fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts at 25°C.


Ageing

30% in oak barrels for 12 months.


Tasting Note

Deep violet colour. Rich and intense aromas of berries, black cherry and spices. Hints of graphite. Good concentration and firm tannins. Well-balanced acidity with a long finish. 


Wine Specifications

Alcohol: 13.5% vol
Volatile acidity: 0.65 g/L
Total acidity: 5.8 g/L 
Residual sugar: 2.06  g/L
Allergy advice: Contains sulphites