Republica del Malbec, 2016
A Malbec with great intensity and concentrated and beautiful aromas of wild blackberries, liquorice and spice. With lovely balance on the palate and silky tannins, this is a soft and elegant wine.
Meet the maker: Matías Riccitelli
Region: Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza – Argentina
Grape(s): Malbec (100%)
14.5% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian / Vegan
The old vines were planted in Las Compuertas in Lujan de Cuyo in 1908.
They are meticulously cared for and undergo de-leafing and precise pruning during January.
The manual harvest takes place in small trays of 20kg in order not to damage the grapes.
A second manual sorting takes place prior to vinification to ensure the best grapes are selected.
The grapes were vinified in French oak vats of 1,000 litre capacity.
Maceration of five days took place prior to fermentation with indigenous yeasts at controlled temperatures of 26-28°C.
Post-fermentation maceration lasted 10 days, to extract the desired levels of colour, flavour and fine tannins.
50% of the wine was aged in old oak barrels; the remaining 50% was aged in French oak foudres of 1,000 litre capacity for 18 months.