While Malbec has been cultivated for centuries in Bordeaux and is the principal variety of Cahors in the southwest of France, this late-ripening grape has found its true home in Mendoza, in the shadows of the Argentine Andes. There the high altitude, warm, sunny days and cold nights, low humidity and sandy soils produce Malbec with dark, lush, juicy fruit, supple textures and bright acidity – a versatile match to a variety of cuisines.
Fresh wild blackberry, boysenberry and cassis cascade on the palate. Spicy hints of cocoa, tobacco and violets add to the melodic complexity and vibrant grip.
Estate: Finca Ferrer, 773 acres at 1,270 meters altitude (4,165 feet).
Appellation: Tupungato Alto Valle de Uco, Mendoza.
Soil Type: Sandy loam alluvial rock, traces of clay.
Grooming: Vertically trained vines, canopy leafage, cluster trimming for flavor concentration.
Yield: 4.5 tones per acre.
Fermentation: Stainless steel vessels cooled to 25C to retain fresh aromatics and flavors.
Skin-contact: Wine remains in contact with skins for 7-15 more days.
Grape to glass: 24 months