100% Uco Valley. Grapes are harvested by hand from a blend of high density vineyards located in the sub region of Vista Flores as well as two areas in Tupungato. These are gravelly, alluvial soils with abundant stones, but with limited active limestone presence. Yield: 9 ton/ha.
Grapes from different vineyards are vinified separately before the final blend. The grapes are selected from a double selection table and are gently pressed before the cold maceration process begins in small stainless steel tanks for 5 days at 10°C. The alcoholic fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts at 28-30°C for 12 days, preferring a long maceration. Three rack-and-returns take place during this time, together with three pump-overs each day, for the best extraction. One third of this Malbec is aged in third use oak barrels for 12 months and two thirds is unoaked and is aged in cement piletas.
Winter was mild and dry with low relative humidy. Precipitation in the Andes was one of the lowest in the last 25 years. The weather remained dry and warm throughout December. January was cool and brought brief, heavy rains, though the rest of the summer was dry and not too warm, producing optimal sugar ripeness in the fruit. Health of the grapes was exceptional, giving rise to very good wines and very good concentration.