Caballero de la Cepa, Mendoza Malbec Reserve, 2020
Ruby red in colour with blue hues, this Malbec’s aroma is perfumed and complex - a combination of violets, cherries and oak spice. On the palate, it is concentrated with blackberries, ripe plums and tobacco leaves. Sweet, ripe tannins balance the fruit.
Meet the maker: Finca Flichman
Region: Uco Valley, Mendoza – Argentina
Grape(s): Malbec (100%)
13.5% ABV / 750ml / Organic / Biodynamic
Grapes for the Caballero de la Cepa wines are sourced from Tupungato in the northernmost subregion of the Uco Valley.
This site is characterised by its sandy loam soils and the vineyards sit at high altitudes - 1,100 metres above sea level - meaning that there are large temperature differences between day and night. This extends the growing season and helps to retain freshness and finesse in the wines.
On arrival to the winery, the hand-picked grapes underwent a cold maceration for two days at 10°C.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 25°C, with regular open and closed pump overs performed.
After 12 days, the wine underwent malolactic conversion.
80% was aged for six months in 225-litre, third-use French oak barrels, and spent a further three months ageing in bottle before release.